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Sociology AS at St Paul's Catholic School for Girls

Course description

Sociology is the study of contemporary society; it examines the interplay between societal institutions such as education, the family and religion and explores the impact of these bodies on the behaviour and life chances of individuals and groups of people.  Sociology explores whether modern society is harmonious or at conflict?  It asks whether people’s behaviour is determined by external social forces such as class, gender or ethnicity or whether we have free will to behave as we decide.    

Course content

Unit 1 AS – Families and Households.  Explores family diversity, marriage and divorce, the changing role of children and childhood and Sociological Theories on the role and function of the family. 

Unit 2 AS – Education and Sociological Methods.  Investigates how Governmental policies impact on the achievement of students and differential achievement by social class, gender and ethnicity.  Also evaluates the usefulness of different Sociological Perspectives on the role and function of education.   

Entry requirements

5 grade B GCSEs in line with the whole school entrance criteria including a grade B in English Language.   


2 examinations at AS level.  One taken in January and one in the summer period.  

No controlled assessment.


Consistent self, peer and teacher evaluation throughout the course to support learning.  A minimum expectation of 2 pieces of written assessment per half term to contribute to formal monitoring processes. 

Future opportunities

Many of our girls go onto study Social Sciences and related subjects at University level after finding their passion at A-Level.  Careers include Policing, Local Government Officers, Social Workers, Teaching, Nursing, Law and Human Resources related.  However Sociology gives many transferable skills which apply to many career choices.   

Further information

Please read through our Sixth Form Prospectus for further details

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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