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Sociology A Level at Dormers Wells High School

Course description

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, crime, education, mass media, childhood and families.
The focus of the course is to:
  • Provide an appropriate foundation for further study of sociology and related subjects in higher education, for example criminology.
  • Provide a worthwhile course for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning.
  • Prepare a solid foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in the field of social sciences.

Course content

Compulsory content:
  • Education with Theory and Methods
  • Education
  • Methods in Context
  • Theory and Methods
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods
  • Families and Households
  • The Media

Entry requirements

A combination of 9 for English and Maths (minimum of grade 4 in either) and three further A*-C GCSE passes.


Paper 1:
  • Education with Theory and Methods
  • Written examination: 2 hour (80 marks)
  • Questions:
  1. Education: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
  2. Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks
  3. Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks
  • 33.3% of A L evel
Paper 2:
  • Topics in Sociology
  • Written examination: 2 hour (80 marks)
  • Questions:
  1. Family and Households: extended writing, 40 marks
  2. Mass Media : extended writing, 40 marks
  • 33.35 of A Level
Paper 3:
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • Written examination: 2 hour (80 marks)
  • Questions:
  1. Crime and Deviance: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
  2. Theory and Methods: extended writing, 30 marks
  • 33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

Sociology prepares us for life in the 21st century as it develops the skills of investigation, analysis, valuation and team work. It encourages us to look at the world around us. You may go on to university to study sociology, but it also helps you to access a number of different courses, including medicine and law.
The career options available to students who study sociology are wide ranging, it is a great choice for people who want a career in social work, medicine, nursing, law and journalism. In addition it is useful in a number of other careers such as marketing, advertising, politics, PR or teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dormers Wells High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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