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Sociology A-Level at St Clement Danes School

Course description


As Sociology is classified as a Social Science, students will need to possess an awareness of the value of a scientific approach to enquiry. Sociology is a valuable subject for entry into a number of career areas. In particular Sociology may be of use in business, health-related careers, education and professions where interaction with others is a key feature. Skills developed in this course, such as the ability to think critically and create a well reasoned argument, can also be applied to many further study options and career choices.


  • To study research to gain an understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
  • To be aware of the various theoretical issues that exist in Sociology
  • To understand and evaluate sociological methodology
  • To develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
  • To develop a lifelong interest in social issues

Students will study the following two core themes:

  • Socialisation, culture and identity
  • Social differentiation, power and stratification

The themes will be applied to particular substantive areas of Sociology. These themes are broad threads running through many areas of social life rather than discreet topics. In addition, students will learn the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values.

Course content


Unit 1 Education with Methods in context:

  • Role and functions of the education system
  • Differential educational achievement
  • Relationships and processes within schools
  • The significance of educational policies

Unit 2 Research Methods and Topics in Sociology:

  • Examination of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Research design
  • Families and households


Unit 1: Education with Theory and Methods:

  • The same topics as AS but in more depth.

Unit 2: Families and Households:

  • Including the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change.

Unit 3: Crime and deviance with theory and methods:

  • Crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • Social distribution of crime and deviance
  • Globalisation and crime in contemporary society
  • Crime control

Entry requirements

English/English Language: C and Maths: C.


The AS assessment is by two exam papers: Each exam paper is 1 hour 30 mins; 60 marks in total. Each paper is 50% of the AS Level. Students will be assessed on short answers and extended writing for both papers.

The A Level assessment is by three exam papers: Each exam paper is 2 hours long; 80 marks in total. Each paper is 33% of the A Level. Papers 1 & 3 require short answer and extended writing. Paper 2 is extended writing only.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Clement Danes School directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years