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Sociology A/S at Challenge College

Course description

AS Level courses based on this specification should encourage candidates to:

* acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
* appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
* understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process
* develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
* develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

There should be a focus on contemporary society.

Studying sociology should:

* foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity
* provide an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues
* provide candidates with an awareness of social structure and social action which emphasises different interpretations of social experiences.

Where appropriate, comparative and/or historical materials may be introduced. Students should be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1- A choice from Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Poverty and Welfare- assessment 1 hour exam

Unit 2- A choice from Education or Health and a compulsory section on Sociological Methods- assessment 2 hour exam

Entry requirements

At least 5A* to C at GCSE including English Language and Maths


  • Written Examination

All AS units are assessed through independent assessment.

Future opportunities

Careers which would benefit from studying Sociology are wide ranging including; local, national and European government; probation officer, youth worker, charity administrator, surveyor, human resources manager or even a teacher!

Sociology is considered an art and a social science when applying to university which opens up opportunities and broadens the choice of careers available.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Challenge College directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 Year