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A-Level (AS/A2) in Sociology at Archbishop Holgate's School

Course description

Sociology is the study of society. It focuses on institutions and systems that work together to ensure the smooth running of our world. Sociology also considers how individuals can be linked by common characteristics like class, gender and ethnicity, and how their experiences and life chances may be influenced by these characteristics.

People who choose to study Sociology may do so to explore issues like problems in family life or the quality of schooling.

It is essential to develop a good style of critical writing, as you are assessed mainly through essays. You will also need to be able to voice your own opinions and support or criticise them with the views of sociological theorists.

There are no specific qualifications required to study Sociology (apart from standard entry criteria), but a good command of English is crucial.

Course content

The AS course has two modules: family and household, and education with sociological methods. At A2, you will study Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance.

Each module is underpinned with sociological perspectives based on the work of key theorists. Within the family module, you will study issues like demographic trends, family diversity, and the balance of power in families. With regard to education, you will cover issues such as differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity. This module incorporates sociological methods so you will identify strengths, weaknesses and when it is appropriate to use certain methods to research issues which may arise within education.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements for Sixth Form are 5 A*- C at GCSE, including English and Mathematics, although certain courses will have specific requirements.


There is no coursework in Sociology. Both AS and A2 Sociology are examined with one exam in January and one in May / June.

Financial information

Over the duration of this course students may be required to attend visits to further their learning. If there are any cost implications student will be notified in advance and financial support may be offered to students who would have difficulty funding such visits.

Future opportunities

Sociology can be a pathway to a career such as nursing, social work, the Forces and any other career where you will have to deal with people from different backgrounds. Sociology combines well with many subjects like Psychology, English, Law, Politics and History.

Further information

You will have an opportunity to listen to guest speakers from the Police, Social Services and university lecturers undertaking social research.

To find out more about this qualification contact us on 01904 411341 or email (sixthform@, your school/college careers staff or get further information and advice from

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Holgate's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014
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