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A-Level Sociology at Silverdale

Course description

A-Level Sociology : AQA : Is the study of society, and the patterns of social behaviour which are learned when we are socialised into that society. Sociology suggests that individual action is culturally determined and socially constructed through accepted or enforced norms and values of behaviour. Sociology assesses the role of primary and secondary agents of socialisation, which reinforce or sanction our behaviour. Issues of gender, class, ethnicity, age and disability can play an essential role in determining our values and accepted norms of behaviour. We will study relevant research and sociological theory.  We study compulsory subjects of education in year 12 and crime and deviance in year 13.  We have chosen the topics culture and identity in year 12 and the mass media in year 13.

Course content

Year 1

Unit 1 : Education & Sociological Methods in context (50%)

Unit 2 : Culture, Identity, Socialisation and Research Methods (50%)


Year 2 

Unit 3 : Mass Media

Unit 4 : Crime & Deviance / Theory & Method

Entry requirements

Grade 4 or above in GCSE English and Grade 5 or above in an evaluation based subject e.g. History, Business Studies, RE, Geography, English Literature, Media Studies, Sociology or Psychology.


The A Level will assess ALL content from both years of the course and will be examined by three 2 hour papers in June of the second year of study. Continuous assessment will be used to inform the students’ progression in Year 13 and their registration for the A Level Sociology exam.


Future opportunities

A vast range of higher education courses and career options, from research to social work, marketing to PR, the Health Service, to Law, Journalism, criminology, social policy and government research.  Students have gained access to a very wide range of University courses.  Sociology is accepted by all the Russell Group universities.

Further information

We will analyse and evaluate sociological theories and research considering their relevance to contemporary issues and trends. Students will have the opportunity to conduct their own research using surveys and questionnaires.

Newspapers and television articles/programmes will offer discussion points in group work. Lessons do have an important discursive element whereby students offer views and opinions based on sociological knowledge and understanding.

All assessments are written based.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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    • Please use the web link above to access information about the Sixth Form timetable structure at Silverdale. It is vitally important that you look at our blocking when deciding on your subjects.This will ensure that your choices are compatible with our timetable.

      You must select one subject from each of the four blocks (or from three blocks if you are only studying three subjects).

      All our courses offered will run from September 2018 subject to sufficient demand.