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Sociology AS/A2 Level at Balby Carr Community Academy

Course description

Sociology is the study of human behaviour in society. An interest in people is essential for success in this course.

This course enables students to understand the concepts, theories and methods within Sociology and offers the opportunity to apply Sociology to the analysis of contemporary societies and students’ own experience.

In lessons, students are encouraged to participate using a range of accelerated learning techniques, including discussion and group work; they will be given written tasks to enable them to extend their sociological knowledge and skills through research and background reading, an essential element of this course. The development of the skills, of analysis, interpretation, application and evaluation is an essential feature of sociology lessons and home study.

The use of the Sociology Resource Base in Rooms 401/402 is encouraged and indeed essential if students are to develop their learning to its maximum potential.


Course content

Year 1: (Advanced Subsidiary) Standalone qualification:

Education and methods in context

Topics in Sociology: Family / Research methods.

Year 2: (Full A level)

Education and Theory & Methods

Topics in Sociology: Families / + one other topic area

Crime and deviance and Theories and methods

Entry requirements

It is not essential to have taken Sociology at GCSE level but successful students would normally have at least four C grades or better at GCSE level. Students must be prepared to accept a considerable reading load, as depth of knowledge is vital for success. Grade C in English and Maths is essential.


There is no coursework option in ‘A’ Level Sociology.

Examination units at AS and the full A Level include both data response and essay questions. AS is examined at the end of year one (May) via two 1.5hr examinations. The full A Level is examined in June of year two, via three 2hr examinations.

Future opportunities

Students who have taken Sociology go into many careers. These include among others:

 Law

 Criminology

 Police

 Health/Social Care/Social Work

 Administration

 Media and Management.

 Teaching

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Balby Carr Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

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