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Sociology A level at Nower Hill High School

Course description

If you are the type of person whose mind is open to the possibilities that things are not as they seem, questions traditional values that are deemed acceptable within society and more importantly want to know why we hold these values to be true, then Sociology is for you. You will need to be able to analyse statistics, find patterns in seemingly disconnected sub-cultures and develop an understanding of sociological theory. You will also be interested in the world around you, engage in critical debate and regularly read and watch the news.

Course content

For the AS qualification you will study what is meant by the term society and Sociology’s place in helping to determine the human need to be part of a collective conscience. You will complete two specific modules focusing on Families and Households as well as Education with Theory and Methods.

At A-level you are examined on AS content as well as Topics in Sociology and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Entry requirements

You are not required to have studied Sociology in advance, but if you studied Sociology as a GCSE subject, you must have achieved Grade C or above. Sociology involves a significant amount of written work (mainly essays) so you should enjoy and feel confident in extended writing. Whilst not a requirement, students who have achieved at least Grade B in GCSE English will find Sociology much more accessible.


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Future opportunities

Sociology can help towards a university degree in many of the Social Sciences including Sociology, Psychology and Anthropology. Sociology careers range from journalism and media research to law, politics, education, business and social work.

Further information

What equipment or materials will I need?

Collins A-Level Sociology Book 1 by Chapman, Moore, Holborn & Aiken. We also strongly advise students to purchase the latest edition of Sociology Themes & Perspectives by Haralambos & Holborn (currently 8th ed.) as this will be used across both years of the A-Level. Students will also need a range of organisational stationery including a lever arch folder, dividers, highlighters and pens.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nower Hill High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years