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Sociology A Level at Nailsea School

Course description

Sociology is a highly critical subject that forces us to question many of our everyday assumptions and taboos. It teaches us to think in a critical scientific way, and gives an understanding of broad aspects of social life, beyond our own limited experiences.

It combines well with A Level History, English, Geography, Psychology, R.E. and Law.

Course content

Topics and issues studied on the A Level course will include:

  • Family:
    • Is it in crisis?
    • How has childhood changed?
  • Education:
    • What do we really learn?
    • How important is your background in your success?
  • Crime:
    • Who are the criminals?
    • Why do they break the law?
  • Religion:
    • Why do we believe?
    • What difference does it make to our behaviour?
  • Theory and Methods:
    • How do we study society in a scientific way?
    • What is science anyway?

Entry requirements

A broad mix of 6+ grades at GCSE, including English at Grade 5s or above. In exceptional circumstances, if courses are under subscribed, students with grade 4/5s in English may be admitted. GCSE coursework may be looked at closely, as evidence of the ability to study independently. Good GCSE grades in History and/or R.E. will be considered favourably due to the similarity of the skills used.

Students must have excellent skills in independence, organisation, reading, note taking, verbal discussion and critical thinking.

Entry to the Sixth Form is not automatic, but depends on:

Achieving 5 grade 4s or above for entry to level 3 courses and meeting the individual entry requirements of your chosen Level 3 courses.


Coursework: None

Examination: 100%

Awarding Body: AQA

Future opportunities

Sociology A Level is useful for degree courses in Law, Journalism, Media Studies, Education, Politics, Public Administration, Philosophy, Psychology, History, Criminology etc, and is particularly useful for careers in education, media, law, welfare, social work ,police and any aspect of government or management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nailsea School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2017

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