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Sociology A level at Tytherington School

Course description

Sociology offers candidates the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of sociological concepts, themes and research methods. A range of social institutions and issues will be studied from a range of different theories and perspectives. Candidates will be encouraged to question their existing views about the world around them and consider viewpoints they have perhaps never contemplated. Candidates will also have the opportunity to practise and perfect their evaluative and analytical skills. Overall, this makes for a very interesting course to study and opportunity for personal development. The course is assessed by 100% examination.

Course content

AS Level

Candidates will study the sociology of Education and Families and Households. The topic of Education covers aspects such as the role and functions of the education system, differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, and gender and ethnicity in contemporary society. The study of Education will also be related to Social Research Methods. The topic of Families and Households covers aspects such as: the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, etc. and gender roles.

A Level

At A Level candidates will build on their AS study of Education. They will also build on their study of Research Methods by developing their knowledge and understanding of the relationship it shares with Sociological Theory.

The study of the Mass Media considers how it is controlled and how it has developed over time. The Crime & Deviance topic is studied from the perspective of sociological theories. They will also consider a range of crime prevention strategies as well as punishments, analysing their value and effectiveness.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs graded A*-C with a minimum C grade in English Language. Candidates are expected to have an interest in current affairs.


AS Level

Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
Written exam lasting 1 hour 30 mins (50% of AS)

Paper 2 : Research Methods and Families & Households
Written exam lasting 1 hour 30 mins (50% of AS)

A Level

Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods
Written exam lasting 2 hours (33.3% of A Level)

Paper 2: The Media
Written exam lasting 2 hours (33.3% of A Level)

Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods
Written exam lasting 2 hours (33.3% of A Level)

Future opportunities

With a strong foundation in the candidates’ knowledge and understanding of Sociology, they will then develop their skills of analysis, evaluation, interpretation and application. This will be demonstrated in written work by constructing detailed and coherent arguments supported by appropriately and sensitively selected evidence in order to arrive at distinct judgements and conclusions.

Possible Careers
Teaching, Social Work, Research, Journalism, Health & Social Care, Law, Marketing,

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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