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Sociology A Level AQA at Grey Court School

Course description

“Sociology is knowledge. Only he who holds the knowledge of a society can make it great” Auguste Comte

Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Course content

Year 12 Units:

- Culture and Identity

- Education (with research methods)

Year 13 Units:

- Mass Media

- Crime and Deviance (with theory and methods)

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 5; grade 5 English GCSE.


Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods – 2 hour written exam

Paper 2: Culture and Identity and The Media – 2 hour written exam

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – 2 hour written exam

Future opportunities

Sociology is an academic, essay based subject that equips students with a range of skills beyond those of the core curriculum, such as independent critical thinking, problem-solving and analytical writing. All of this is good preparation for almost any university degree. In terms of careers, sociologists go on to work in the media, law, social work, criminal justice and public relations, to name a few.

Enrichment opportunities: As well as the exciting opportunities that the course itself brings we will also offer work related placements, visits to see the subject in action in the real world and school journeys to enhance the learning in the classroom.

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: 28 September 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Sociology A Level

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