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Sociology AS and A Level at Ysgol Dyffryn Aman

Course description

Who can study Sociology?


Studying Sociology requires no previous knowledge.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of people in society. It encourages you to take a fresh look at the world around you.

If you are interested in why

  • the media portray teenagers in ‘hoodies’ as dangerous, anti-social criminals
  • you are more likely to succeed In school if you are middle class and white
  • you are more than twice as likely to be searched when stopped by the police and four times more likely to be arrested if you are Afro-Caribbean

Sociology is for you.

Course content


  • Family
  • Education
  • Research Methods


  • Crime and Deviance
  • Social Inequality
  • Research Methods

Sociology encourages you to question what other people take for granted. You will complete independent research, prepare presentations, write essays, contribute to class discussion and volunteer an opinion. You will become self-assured with reading the paper and watching the news with a critical eye. You need to be organised and responsible for your own learning. Most of all, you will need to be interested in the world around you.

Entry requirements

GCSE Point Scores

In advising students as to the most suitable choice of post-16 courses/programmes of study, we use a GCSE 'Point Score' as a benchmark.

The Score is made up from the best six GCSE grades achieved by the student using the following scale:-

A* - 8 points

A - 7 points

B - 6 points

C - 5 points

D - 4 points

E - 3 points

F - 2 points

G - 1 point

This process has been used successfully over a number of years and proved to be an accurate predictor of likely success through the various possible routes of study.

Yellow Route:

  • To study 4 A Level subjects over 2 years – 42 points (minimum) including Maths & English (following consultation)
  • To Study 3 A Level subjects over 2 years points – 30 points (minimum) including Maths & English

Green Route:

  • To study a green route a point score of 30 points from at least 4 separate subjects

N.B. Although, as stated above, these ‘scores’ are good predictors of likely success upon entry into the Sixth Form, each student is treated as an individual and the post GCSE Interview is a very important process. Parents are welcome to be present at these interviews.

Future opportunities

Sociology is useful and relevant for a career in government, social work, the health service, teaching, personnel or management, advertising, the media, the police or any other profession that involves working with people and expects you to think for yourself.

Further information

So why study Sociology?

Because it’s about you. It is enjoyable and encourages you to question your own ways of seeing the world. It is also different to anything else you will have studied before. The skills you will develop will contribute to whatever you choose to do after sixth form.

Be sceptical and inquisitive - don't accept, investigate.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Dyffryn Aman directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2016
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