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Sociology at Nobel School

Course description

Awarding Body: AQA

The course involves the study of 4 units and is assessed through written exams.

What will I learn on this course?

This course will enable you to:

  • reflect on your own experience of the social world in which you live;
  • appreciate the significance of current social policies;
  • understand sociological research methods;
  • understand the importance of social issues in the development of your own identity;
  • be able to critically evaluate factual and theoretical material
  • specifically focus on issues relating to The Family and Education at AS . Crime and Deviance and Global Development are taught at A2 level

Course content

Who would be a successful student of Sociology?

This course will appeal to students who:

  • have a genuine interest in social issues;
  • would like to develop an understanding of issues relating to gender, ethnicity, social class and age;
  • enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their beliefs;
  • enjoy learning in a variety of ways including conducting their own class presentations, as well as individual study and essay writing;
  • enjoy a subject which is relevant to their own lives and experiences;
  • want to keep their options open for further study - Sociology is a subject which complements many courses in higher education and future careers

Entry requirements

Students will be expected to have 5 or more GCSEs grade A*-B, including at least Grade B in English.


AS Level

Unit 1 - Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare. 40% of AS, 20% of A level. Written paper - one hour

Study of the Family

Unit 2 - Education; Health; Sociological Methods

60% of AS, 30% of A level. Written paper - two hours

Study of Education

Those students who wish only to study AS Level Sociology will finish the course after these initial two modules.

A Level

Unit 3 - Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics. 20% of A level. Written paper - 1 hour 30 minutes

Study of Global Development

Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance; Stratification and Differentiation; Theory and Methods. 30% of A level. Written paper, 2 hours

Study of Crime and Deviance

Future opportunities

You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:

  • law;
  • social work;
  • teaching;
  • research;
  • industry where social policy understanding is valued;
  • civil service;
  • human resources.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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