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Sociology AS & A Level at Outwood Academy Newbold

Course description

Sociology is the central academic discipline for the study of society. The aim of the course is for students to acquire the knowledge of current social processes and social changes.

They will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Sociology is a demanding course requiring a commitment to extensive reading and a lot of essay writing but if you want to engage actively with the world then it is the subject to choose.

Course content

  • Unit 1 Education with methods in contex
  • Unit 2 Work, poverty and Welfare
  • Unit 3 Beliefs in Society - this unit will examine diverse issues including War and the Environment
  • Unit 4 Crime and Deviance

Entry requirements

A student who can think intuitively and reflectively about the current issues in the world, and has a desire to read extensively from a variety of media. Students also need to be able to critically examine social issues and give their opinion on them.

Grade C in English Language and Literature and at least one Humanities subject


The AS / Year 1 consists of :

  1. Two compulsory topics in Sociology
  • Education and Methods in Context
  • Research Methods


  • The self-choice topic of work, poverty and welfare

The AS level is assessed by two x 1.5 hour exams, the content of paper 1 and section A of paper 2 are compulsory:

  • Paper 1 – Education with methods in context
  • Paper 2 – Research methods and work, poverty and welfar

The A-level / Year 2 consists of :

  1. Two compulsory topics from AS Sociology: Plus:
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • Research methods (AS content plus extended consideration of conceptually more demanding aspects of Sociology as a Science and Sociological Perspectives)
  • Issues and debates

The A-level is assessed by three x 2 hour exams, the content of Paper 1 and Paper 3 are compulsory:

  • Paper 1 – Education with methods in context
  • Paper 2 – Work, poverty and welfare/beliefs in society
  • Paper 3 – Crime and deviance with theory and methods

Future opportunities

Students can go onto study Sociology at University and are likely to pursue careers in: Education (Teacher) Heath (Nurse, Doctor) Welfare (Social Worker) Criminal Justice System Police Officer, Lawyer

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Outwood Academy Newbold directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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