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Sociology A Level at The Ashcombe School

Course description

Reformed subject

Why study this subject?

Sociology is a methodical study of society via detailed research and analysis of its component parts. It provides a critical awareness of what lies beneath the surface and investigates the unintended consequences of social action. It therefore helps to clarify social problems and identifies options and policies for political decision-making. Sociology covers a broad range of topic areas and thus complements a variety of other A-level options, including History, Government and Politics, Geography, Economics, English and Mathematics.

You will be required to develop an advanced vocabulary and the ability to evaluate a wide range of information via both basic statistical interpretation and reasoned argument. These skills are demanding ones to learn but they will be invaluable to you and they are highly sought after by Higher Educational institutions and prospective employers. Therefore, Sociology A-level is a good entry qualification for Universities and Colleges and for training in careers in such fields as personnel, business and welfare administration, teaching, the media, the law and social work.

You will need to read widely, write frequently, be prepared to take part in group discussion and to keep yourself informed of current events in the news.

Course content


Paper 1: Education and Methods

Paper 2: Families and Households


In addition to the A-level content, students will revise the AS content which will feature in the A-level exams.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2: Families and Households and Global Development

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods


Entry requirements

Grades A* - C in GCSE English and Mathematics. History or Geography are highly recommended.


Assessment is 100% examination.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ashcombe School directly.

Last updated date: 26 August 2016
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