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Sociology A Level at Bishop Stopford's School

Course description

AS and A Level Sociology will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all. You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers

Course content

What topics will you study?

AS and first year of A Level:-

  • Education
  • Methods in context
  • Research methods.

Optional content:-

  • Families and households

Second year of A Level Compulsory content:-

Education with theory and methods

  • Education
  • Methods in context
  • Theory and methods.

Crime and deviance with theory and methods

  • Crime and deviance
  • Theory and methods.


Option 1 

  • Families and households

Option 2

  • Beliefs in Society


Entry requirements

If you have studied Sociology at GCSE you will need a B Grade or above; Grade B in another Humanity.


There are two exams at AS each worth 50% of your AS qualification. Each exam lasts for 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 60 marks. The exams consist of short answer and extended writing questions. At A Level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A Level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 80 marks each. The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions

Further information

Sociology is a subject for the student who asks why society works the way it does and who is not satisfied with easy answers. Students should have at least a Grade B in English GCSE and C or better in History, Geography or Religious Studies and be self-motivated and capable of working independently on research projects.

Sociology is often a subject that is interesting and useful to students who are following both conventional Arts or Sciences courses as a way of broadening their studies. In recent years, Bishop Stopford’s Sociology students have achieved more A grades at A2 than in any other subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Stopford's School directly.

Last updated date: 08 September 2016

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