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A Level Sociology at Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS

Course description

Brief Outline

These qualifications offer an engaging and effective introduction to sociology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The central focus of study in this specification is on UK society today, with consideration given to comparative dimensions, where relevant, including the study of UK society within its globalised context. 

Course content


Methods in context

Research methods

Families and households

Beliefs in society

Crime and deviance

Theory and methods 

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements are in line with the School’s admission policy, but a grade B at GCSE English or equivalent is recommended. 


The AS specification is designed to be taken over one or two years and with all assessments taken at the end of the course (in the form of written examinations). The A-level specification is designed to be taken over two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course. These are linear qualifications. In order to achieve the award, students must complete all exams in May/June in a single year. All assessments must be taken in the same series. This course will also allow students to switch between AS and A-level during the first year if they wish

Future opportunities

Higher Education Opportunities

Sociology is a popular choice for students at university. The majority of universities offer sociology - with options to study criminology or social policy.


Job prospects

Many opportunities are available to sociology graduates, including qualitative market research, public service professions, administrative roles in government and other organizations, education and teaching, social work, the police force, law.

Further information

Further Information

You can download the specification for this course and sample assessment material (past exam papers) from  You are strongly recommended to look through these so that you are fully informed about the course and what you will learn to see if it is right for you.


Complementary subjects at A-Level

Geography, History, Psychology


Mrs K Buchanan

Head of Sociology and Psychology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Grindon Hall Christian School - GHCS directly.

Last updated date: 25 January 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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