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Sociology A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime? Studying Sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multiperspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, families and social power. More than once during the course you’re bound to ask yourself the question, “Why has society developed like this? With poverty, ignorance, crime and injustice.” You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers. Degree courses taken by students who have an A Level in Sociology include Sociology, Psychology, English studies, Business studies, Law, and Teaching

Course content

Year 12

The course will include compulsory content
- Education
- Methods in context
- Research methods
Additional topic - Families and households

Year 13

The course will include Compulsory content
Education with theory and methods
Crime and deviance with theory and methods
Additional topic Option 1 - Families and households
Additional topic Option 2 - Beliefs in society

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at Grade C or above, including GCSE Grade 5 or above in English and Maths.


Year 12

At the end of the first year there will be two exams marked internally by the teacher. The two exams last one hour 30 minutes and are worth 60 marks each. These results will not be part of the overall A Level. However will be used to check student progress and offer useful exam practice.

Year 13

At A Level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A Level. The three exams last two hours and are worth 80 marks each. The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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