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AS Sociology at Ken Stimpson Community School

Course description

AS/A2 Sociology What will I learn? A-Level Sociology offers the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological theories and methodology. It is designed to encourage students to demonstrate the application of a range skills and consider the integration of sociological themes: • Socialisation, culture and identity • Social differentiation, power and stratification. The specification lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and relate subjects in higher education. The AS course represents a strong introduction to the A- level course. The skills developed at AS course also serves as an extremely beneficial way of honing the necessary exam skills

Course content

Further Course Content: Compulsory Education Methods in Context Research Methods Education with Theory and Methods (A level) Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (A level) Optional Culture and Identity Families and Households Health Work Poverty and Welfare Beliefs in Society (A level) Global Development (A level) The Media (A level) Stratification and Differentiation (A level)

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements 6 A*- C Grades at GCSE including a Grade B in English and a Grade C in Mathematics


Assessment All units are assessed by external examination consisting of short answer and extended written response questions. AS Paper 1: Education with methods in context [1 hr 30 mins] Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology [1 hour 30 mins] A Level Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods [2 hours] Paper 2: Topics in Sociology [2 hours] Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods [2 hours]

Future opportunities

What can I do next? Sociology is an excellent choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine. Students who take Sociology often also study Psychology, Law, Criminology, English courses and Media Studies. This course is a suitable foundation for the study of Sociology or a related area of Higher Education such as Criminology or Law. Study at A level prepares students for the essay writing demands of university. However students who wish to pursue a career in any of the care providing services, journalism, law, teaching or a career in marketing or business will find an understanding of Sociology useful.

Further information

Summary Level AS (7191)/ A level (7192) Duration 2 Years Qualification AQA Advanced subsiduary GCE in Sociology / AQA Advanced Level GCE in Sociology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ken Stimpson Community School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2015
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Key information

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

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form Administrator
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01733765950
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    • Ken Stimpson Community School is a single site school which is endowed with superb facilities, some of which are shared with Werrington District Library and Werrington Sports & Recreation Centre. The school has access to sports facilities, multiple computer suites, drama studios, music classrooms and practice spaces, dance theatres and performance areas all of which would be less likely to be found in a more traditional school. In addition to our well equipped and resourced teaching blocks we also have a two-court, floodlit astroturf area and extensive playing fields.