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Sociology at Carshalton High School for Girls

Course description

Sociology deals with the structure and functioning of societies, the nature of social interaction, the relationship between the individual and society, and the nature of change in human societies.

Students will study the nature of sociological evidence and the methods used by sociologists to understand and explain society and make conclusions on the impact of class, gender, age and ethnicity on individuals and society.

Course content

Through four key topics: Families and Households, Education, Beliefs and Crime and Deviance students will learn different theories that sociologists use to explain the workings of society.  Students will learn the importance of not taking things for granted and the need to question ideas and evidence.  A variety of resources, from films, documentaries and newspapers, will be studied and students will be taught to work in groups and independently.  They will be able to express sociological ideas effectively in both written and verbal forms.

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied sociology at GCSE in order to take AS or A2.  Students who have studied the subject at GCSE will have knowledge of some of the basics of the subject, and some terminology, but the depth to which the subject is studied at A level is far greater than at GCSE, so that students who are new to the subject are at no disadvantage.  The examination is mainly essay based, and so any student wishing to start the course must have proven skills in English. The minimum requirements to do this A level are 5 A* - C grades in 5 different subjects. Nobody will be admitted to the course without at least grade B in both English and English literature GCSE.  Grade C and above will also be required in at least 3 other academic subjects, having taken the higher papers and at least a B in sociology if studied at GCSE is required.


Candidates will sit two papers, one for each topic, and answer questions ranging from short answer to essay responses.  Sociological research and methods questions will be incorporated into the exams on Education and Crime and Deviance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carshalton High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016
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