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Sociology AQA A Level (Linear) at Poynton High School

Course description

A-level Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods. It is designed to encourage students to demonstrate the application of a range of skills and consider the integration of sociological themes:
  • socialisation, culture and identity
  • social differentiation, power and stratification

Course content

Learning Method:
You will be expected to take part in discussions and to be able to express your opinions clearly and logically. You will have to research current and past issues using the internet and other media sources and keep constantly up to date with recent events, both at home and abroad. You will be expected to be involved in personal research on controversial topics and prepare presentations and display work. Exam and past question practice is considered essential and you will be regularly assessed. In short, you will be made to think how society works around you.

Entry requirements

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above. Grade B or above in English would be very beneficial.


Unit 1: Written Examination, Families and Households
Unit 2: Written examination, Education: Sociological Methods
A Level
Unit 3: Written Examination, Mass Media
Unit 4: Written Examination, Crime and Deviance: Sociological theory and research methods.

Future opportunities

At a time when employers and Higher Education are seeking breadth in studies, Sociology complements both scientific and creative subjects. Since you will be taught to examine complicated and difficult issues in depth and are actively encouraged to express your opinions, universities regard this subject highly. Independent informed thinking is regarded by them as a key skill.
Careers linked to Sociology are wide and varied and include social and child care, the entire legal and criminal justice profession, human resources, public relations, research, teaching, health services, the media, politics and local administration, the leisure and entertainment industry and marketing and publicity.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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