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Sociology A Level at Coombe Girls' School

Course description

Sociology will teach you to look at the society around you in a brand new way. The subject is a fascinating mix of social history and current trends as well as political and conceptual perspectives on our society. You will understand more about how British society has developed and the forces that shape our behaviour and values. You will also learn to develop your own informed opinions, understand other people’s points of view and to communicate your own position clearly. In making sense of the world we live in, you will come to know yourself better.

Course content

Studying Sociology at A Level will involve studying four units. All units have examinations.

 AS Paper 1 Education and Methods in Context.  AS Paper 2 Families and Households with Research Methods.

 A Level exam Paper 1 = Education, Methods in Context and Research Methods. Paper 2 = Families and Households, and Beliefs in Society. Paper 3 = Crime and Deviance, and Theory and Methods.

Entry requirements

In order to be able to take Sociology A Level at Coombe you need to have achieved 7 A* to C grades at GCSE. You should be an independent learner with a curious mind.


Assessment: 100% exams

There are two exams at AS each worth 50% of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 60 marks. The exams consist of short answer and extended writing questions. At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A-level.

The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 80 marks each. The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions.

Future opportunities

Sociology students follow careers in a variety of professions including: business management, law, journalism, marketing, social work, teaching, civil service and the police.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coombe Girls' School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

Key information

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