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Sociology A/S at University Academy Keighley

Course description

At AS, candidates studying this specification will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Course content


Families and Households - this looks at the role of the family in society. It studies the relationships within the family and changes that have taken place over the year.

Education - This unit examines the role of education in society, why there are differences in educational attainment between different social groups.

Methodology - how sociologists do their research. Methodology is also examined in context with education.


Beliefs in Society - this looks at religion in contemporary society. It examines the role of religion and whether it continues to be an important part of modern society.

Crime and Deviance - this examines crime and deviance within different groups of society.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in GCSE English Language.


Year One - AS Unit 1 Families and households:Written paper, 1 hour. This studies the different relationships within the family, and the relationship of the family to the rest of society. It covers the changes that have happened which have affected the family from industrialisation to the present day. 40% of AS20%of A2 Unit 2 Education & Sociological Methods:Written paper, 2 hours. This unit looks at the different explanations of the role the education system plays within wider society. It also examines the reason for different educational attainment between different social groups. In addition, students study research methods. These are examined both separately as research methods and in context with education. 60% of AS30% of A2

Future opportunities

Sociology teaches you to look at issues with an open mind and look at them from lots of different perspectives. It teaches you to analyse and evaluate research studies and be able to use them to address a variety of issues. It helps to develop the use of elaborated language both orally and in written work. This is a skill that is very useful in a whole variety of careers, whether you decide to go on to university or into the world of work. In the past A level sociology students have often gone on to university to study Sociology at degree level. An A level in sociology is also a good basis for many other courses offered at university level, or gives you transferrable skills that can be used in the world of work.

Further information

Why study Sociology? Sociology prepares one for a lifetime, developing writing and study skills, as well as a acquiring a knowledge base about human behaviour, social organization, and culture. Secondly, studying sociology helps us look more objectively at the society in which we live. It directs attention to how the parts of society fit together as well as the causes and consequences of social change.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact University Academy Keighley directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year