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Sociology A-level at Springwood High School

Course description

Sociology is one of the subjects within the 'Social Sciences'. The main objective is to understand and explain the society in which we live. Sociology allows students to explain individual and social behaviour in relation to a variety of topics such as families and households, education, crime and deviance and beliefs in society.

Course content

The course will explore how members of society are influenced by the social structures in which we live and how we have the potential to shape norms and values. It is hoped that the study of Sociology will not only be of value to those who intend to take it further at degree level, but will enable students to develop useful skills for many other areas of study. Students will leave the course with a detailed understanding of how society works and how they can be more involved in decision making processes. It will make students question and challenge events that many of us take for granted and will show them the reasons behind the decisions those in power often make. The course will ensure that students are developing critical thinking skills through discussion, evaluation and analysis. These are skills which are favoured highly by Universities and employers and will prepare students well for higher education or employment.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A* - C including Maths and English. Grade B in Sociology (if studied at GCSE), a grade B in English Lang and a Grade B in a Humanities subject (History, Geography, RE).


Formal assessment consists of three exams at the end of year 13, which last 2 hours each. However, regular and timely assessments will occur throughout the A-level course to ensure student progress. This will include a variety of tasks such as homework research tasks, times essay practice, research projects and regular mock examinations.

Future opportunities

Sociology is a useful subject if you are considering a career in the Media, Law, Research and Marketing as well as in the caring professions of Nursing, Medicine, Social Work, Teaching, Police etc, and of course further study in the world of Social Sciences. It is accepted as a good academic qualification when applying for courses in higher education.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years