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Advanced GCE in Sociology at Ash Green School

Course description

AS (1st year):

SCLY1: Families and Households

SCLY2: Education with Research Methods

A2 (2nd year):

SCLY3: Beliefs in Society

SCLY4: Crime & Deviance with Theory & Research Methods

In year 1 of Sixth Form, students will be studying the two AS units in Sociology which cover 50% of the overall A-Level qualification. The remaining two units will be completed in the second year at A2, to achieve the full A-Level qualification.

Entry requirements

Students must have attained the minimum of 5 A*- C qualifications at GCSE or equivalent (e.g. BTEC), with at least a B grade in each subject to be studied at level three.
In exceptional cases a C grade minimum can apply to students for both GCE A Level and BTEC Level Three courses where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three study to be undertaken.
Students must have at least a grade C in both English and Mathematics. In exceptional cases a D grade minimum can apply where mitigating circumstance applies and there is clear evidence of a good basis for level three studies. Students who have a GCSE in Mathematics and English at grade D will be required to follow a course leading to a level 2, C grade qualification.


The course is assessed solely through examinations.


  • SCLY1: - 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks (1 Hour Exam)
  • SCLY2: - 50% of the total AS marks, 25% of the total A2 marks (2 Hour Exam)


  • SCLY3: - 25% of the total A Level marks (1 and ½ Hour Exam)
  • SCLY4: - 25% of the total A Level marks (2 Hour Exam)

Future opportunities

This course fits in very well with most other courses for the further study of Sociology and other related subjects including social policy, counselling, welfare-based disciplines and criminology. Sociology can often be studied as part of joint honours degrees. In terms of careers, the study of sociology can help open doors in careers such as politics and policy making, mental health work, public relations, counselling, work within the criminal justice system, events management, housing management, journalism, social work, child and youth welfare work, urban planning, advertising, and family guidance.

Further information

What skills will I develop?

During the course you will develop skills which will help you whether you choose to carry on studying in higher education or enter the world of work. You will learn many skills that will help you to understand individuals, social groups, institutions, and the wider social structure in a critical manner and which can be applied to many different careers. The course can also offer opportunities to develop and generate evidence of attainment in aspects of the Key Skills of: Communication; Application of Number; Information Technology; Working with Others; Improving own Learning and Performance; Problem Solving.

Why might this course be for me?

Sociology is the study of the relationship between individuals and their wider social context e.g. families, education, religion and crime. If you are interested in examining the role that families play in society, why particular social groups underachieve in education, whether religion is declining in significance, or why people turn to crime then this course is for you. Furthermore you will be able to develop a critical understanding of how research is carried out, which is invaluable to numerous HE courses and careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 September 2014
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  • Start date: Next September