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Sociology A Level at Cowes Enterprise College

Course description

Sociology is the study of human society. It helps us to understand why people behave in particular ways when they are part of a group, tribe, culture, religion, or nationality. It explores the ways in which people are influenced by their childhood and education and also the background to power and influence in society.

Course content

Component 1 introduces students to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and develops these themes through the context of one of three options. These options develop skills that enable students to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and to develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Component 2 introduces and explores the methods of sociological enquiry and develops knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and social change in the context of social inequality and difference. It develops links between the nature of sociological thought and the methods of sociological enquiry.

Component 3 engages students in theoretical debates and how these relate to a contemporary global society. The component develops knowledge and understanding of social processes and social change. It develops links between the topics studied in this component, the nature of sociological thought, contemporary social policy and the core themes.

Entry requirements

  • Strong written and oral communication
  • An enquiring mind which is able to think in an analytical way.
  • Normally, students should have five strong GCSE grades.


For A Level, there are three exams. One 1½ hour exam covering components 1 and 2 (30% of final grade) and 2 2¼ hour exams covering components 2 and 3 (each exam contributes 35% towards the final grade).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowes Enterprise College directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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