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Sociology A Level at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course description

Sociology studies the way society is organised and the impact of society on people. The core themes throughout the course include the divisions and inequalities within society and the processes which help people become a member of their society and lead them to create their identity. A key element of study is research methods.

Year 12 covers Families and Households (chosen option) with Education and Research Methods (compulsory content).

Year 13 cover Beliefs in society (chosen option) with Crime and Deviance, Theory and Research methods (compulsory content).

Entry requirements

All students will need to be interested in ideas with a love of reading. Good organisation, being able to meet deadlines and effectively apply feedback are vital skills as is an interest in current affairs. Students also need to be able to debate issues and be prepared to challenge and be challenged on their points of view.


Year 12 

2 written exam papers – each 1 ½ hours and worth 50% of the AS result.

Paper 1; Families and Household with Research Methods

Paper 2; Education with Researching Education

Year 13 

3 written exam papers—each 2 hours and worth 33.3% of the A-level result.

Paper 1; Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2; Topics in Sociology; Families and Households, Beliefs in Society

Paper 3; Crime and Deviance with Theory and Research Methods.

Future opportunities

Students can choose to go onto study Sociology at university; Sociology is often offered as a joint degree with another subject and works particularly well with Criminology, Psychology or Geography.

Sociology is useful in many careers including Nursing, Child Care and Social Work, Teaching, Journalism and any role involved with working with people.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy directly.

Last updated date: 08 March 2017

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