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Sociology AS/A-Level at Plymstock School

Course description

You need to enjoy analysing and exploring the world around you. There will be lots of writing and you will be required to carry out wider reading. You need to be able to see two sides of an issue and be interested in exploring contemporary society in depth. As well as looking at topics you will also need to be able to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the connections between methods of sociological enquiry and theoretical approaches.

There is no coursework. The course will involve applying the knowledge and understanding of sociology to everyday life. You will develop an awareness of cultural diversity, including national and regional differences. You will also explore the processes of differentiation and stratification which are central to an understanding of the contemporary world. At AS there are two examinations. At A Level there are three examinations.

Course content

AS Modules

  • Education
  • Methods and Context
  • Research Methods
  • Families and Households

A2 Modules

  • Media
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

A minimum of five A*-Cs at GCSE (should include English Language and Maths).

Future opportunities

Sociology provides a useful foundation for degree courses in a wide variety of subjects. This subject is also relevant for teaching, the police force, nursing, the civil services, the armed forces, social work, the media, advertising, personnel, general management, business and law.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

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