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Sociology A Level at Dame Alice Owen's School

Course description

From around 1700 society began to change rapidly, people’s lives being affected dramatically by the Industrial Revolution with its growth of cities and advancing technology. Social thinkers at the time decided that society should be studied in detail to help us understand its problems – the subject of Sociology was born.  The need to understand our global world is now even more urgent. Change is so rapid that Orville Wright (the first person to fly an engine-powered aircraft for a few metres, in 1903) was still alive when Neil Armstrong (the first human to walk on the Moon in 1969) was in his teens.  

However, while such great achievements have been made, the fact is that 21 children around the world die every minute from preventable causes.  Sociology not only studies how and why society is successful in satisfying its members, but also how and why it is often unsuccessful – leading to social problems such as Educational Underachievement, Crime and so on.

Leavers whose A-levels included Sociology have gone on to universities including Oxford, Cambridge, Leeds and Birmingham. Sociology is studied at the top universities and is a strong course for those applying for other subjects. Sociology should appeal to students interested in social issues, but it is also a suitable subject for those wishing to support university applications in areas as varied as English Literature, History, Law, Psychology, Medicine and Teaching.           

A variety of teaching methods are used in Sociology lessons; student interest is the priority and preparation for exams (e.g. help with essay technique is very specific and student-friendly).

Course content

Year 1

  • Education
    • educational achievement and why it varies according to social class, ethnicity and gender
  • Family Life and how it has changed
  • Research Methods.

These are the topics required for the A/S exam

Year 2

  • Sociological theories about society
  • The media – its role and effects
  • Crime and its causes

Entry requirements

A 6 grade in a Humanities GCSE.


Examination Board - AQA


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dame Alice Owen's School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years