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Sociology A Level at Nelson Thomlinson School

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Course Content

AS Level:

Topic 1: Sociological Methods

  • Sources of data, such as questionnaires and interviews.
  • The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research.

Topic 2: Families and Households

  • Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation and divorce.
  • The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in society.

Topic 3: Education

  • The role and functions of the education system.
  • Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society.


A Level:

The AS course content is followed in the first year of study. In the second year the following topics are studied:

Topic 4: Sociological Theory

  • Consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories.
  • The concepts of modernity and post-modernity.

Topic 5: Beliefs in Society

  • Ideology, science and religion.
  • The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world.

Topic 6: Crime and Deviance

  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.
  • Globalisation and crime in contemporary society. 

Entry requirements

At least Grade C in GCSE English or English Language. 

Student Attributes:

• Good written communication skills.

• An interest in society, politics and current affairs.

• Strong organisational skills. • Commitment to research and study in time outside of  lessons. 


AS Level:

Two externally assessed examinations each lasting one and half hours:

  • Paper 1 – Education with Methods in Context.
  • Paper 2 – Research Methods and Families and Households.

Each exam contributes 33.3% towards the overall AS grade. All examinations are sat at the end of the course. 

A Level:

Three externally assessed examinations each lasting two hours:

  • Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods.
  • Paper 2 – Families and Households, and Beliefs in Society.
  • Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Each exam contributes 33.3% towards the overall A-Level grade. All examinations are sat at the end of the course.


Future opportunities

In the past, our students have gone on to study in a wide range of university departments. Sociology will be of value to students aiming at careers such as media, health care, social work, teaching and other similar fields. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson Thomlinson School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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