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Sociology A Level at Harris Academy Battersea

Course description

Sociology is the study of society. Sociologists explore both the structures that make up our society and the people within it. Sociologists ask questions about society and how it works.

Big questions in sociology are:

  • Who holds power and authority in society?
  • What is the role of education and the family?
  • Does society work together in conflict?
  • Why does crime exist?
  • What is the role of religion today?
  • What makes ethical research?

Enrichment opportunities include:

  • Taster Days at universities
  • Conducting and designing sociological research
  • Creating hypothesis and critiquing research already implemented through debates and discussion

Students often study Sociology A-level alongside Psychology, History, Media Studies and Geography.


Course content

A Level Sociology is an academic written based course assessed by 100% exam. From 2015 this course will be linear with all exams taking place at the end of year 13.

Entry requirements

Ideally, students should have achieved a B grade in mathematics, English and Science GCSE.


Examination Board: AQA

Year 1 Assessment:

  • 2 examinations (1 hr 30 mins each)
  • No coursework

Year 2 Assessment:

  • 3 examinations (2 hours each)

Future opportunities

Appropriate for undergraduate study and can lead to successful careers in:

  • Education
  • Social work
  • Research development
  • The Media
  • Police
  • Advertising
  • Business Development
  • Event Management
  • Political advisors
  • Law

Further information

What our students say:

“Sociology has helped me to see the world through many different perspectives and to understand how socialisation throughout our lives can affect our ways of life.”

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Battersea directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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