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Sociology AQA AS Level at Kantor King Solomon High School

Course description

The study of Sociology must focus on contemporary society and foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity. It must provide an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues.

Students must be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world. 

Will encourage students 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

Course content

Integral elements:

All the following must be an integral part of the study of each topic area:

  • sociological theories, perspectives and methods
  •  the design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and limitations.

Attention must be given to drawing out the links between topic areas studied.

Core themes:

Students must study the following two core themes:

  • socialisation, culture and identity
  • social differentiation, power and stratification.

The themes should be understood and applied to particular substantive areas of Sociology. These themes are to be interpreted broadly as threads running through many areas of social life and should not therefore be regarded as discrete topics.

In addition, students must understand the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 6 GCSE grades at A*-C including English and Mathematics with a grade B or above in the subjects to be studied.


Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context

  • Compulsory content 3.1.1, 3.1.2
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • written exam
  • 60 marks
  • 50%


  • Education: short answer and extended writing
  • 40 marks
  • Methods in Context: extended writing
  • 20 marks


Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology

  • Section A: compulsory content 3.2.1
  • Section B: one from 3.2.2 Topics in Sociology
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
  • 60 marks
  • 50%


  • Section A: short answer and extended writing
  • 20 marks
  • Section B: short answer and extended writing
  • 40 marks

Future opportunities

Build on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enable progression into a wide range of other subjects.

Further information

The AS specification is designed to be taken over one or two years with all assessments taken at the end of the course. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kantor King Solomon High School directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2016
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