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Sociology AS/A2 Level at Holte School

Course description

Sociology is the study of human society and behaviour. Sociology challenges and breaks down common sense assumptions and offers scientific and sociological explanations of human behaviour.

The course allows you the opportunity to apply sociology to an analysis of contemporary societies and to your own experience. Sociology is a subject which can be controversial and challenging and is a subject for students who are interested in the world locally, nationally and globally.

The Two-Unit AS

The Advanced Subsidiary GCE is both a ‘stand-alone’ qualification and also the first half of the corresponding Advanced GCE. It is made up of two mandatory units, which are externally assessed and form 50% of the corresponding four-unit Advanced GCE. The AS specification focuses on the themes of socialisation, culture and identity.

The Four-Unit Advanced GCE

Advanced GCE is made up of two mandatory units at AS and two further units at A2. These A2 units are also externally assessed.

The Advanced GCE specification also focuses on the themes of power, control and social stratification.


Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Culture & Socialisation

Units 2 - Family


A2 Level

Unit 3 - Crime & Deviance

Unit 4 - Social Inequality & Difference

Entry requirements

5 GCSE’s grade A*-C including English and Mathematics.


Year 1 - AS

Unit 1 - (25%) 1 hour written examination

Unit 2 - (25%) 1 hour examination


Year 2 - A2

Unit 3 - (25%) 1 hour written examination

Unit 4 - (25%) 2 hour written examination

Future opportunities

Sociology has universal acceptance as a qualification for entry into higher education and professional careers including: education, social work, journalism, caring professions and law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years