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Sociology AS/A Level ( AQA ) at Allerton High School

Course description

Sociology develops students' understanding of how and why people act as they do and how our society is structured. Students develop their written communication skills and their ability to frame a reasoned argument for or against a specific position.

This course is for you if you have ever had these thoughts:

  • What are the causes of crime?
  • Why are woman shown differently from men in the media?
  • Why isn’t education equal for all?
  • What are the reasons for family diversity?
  • How do sociologists gather evidence?
  • What are ‘crimes of the powerful’?
  • Does the media have significant influence upon audiences?

Yes? Then this is the course for you! Over two terms we will be learning about life in 21st century in Britain. What makes it all tick?


Course content

AS Level Paper 1: 50% - 1 hour and 30 minutes

Section A: Education

Section B: Methods in Context

AS Level Paper 2: 50% - 1 hour and 30 minutes

Section A: Families and Households

Second B: Research Methods

A Level Paper 1: 33% - 2 hour written exam

Section A: Education

Section B: Methods in Context

Section C: Theory and Methods

A Level Paper 2: 33% - 2 hour written exam

Section A: Families and Households

Second B: The Sociology of the Mass Media

A Level Paper 3: 33% - 2 hour written exam

Section A: Crime and Deviance

Section B: Theory and Methods



Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or equivalent including English and Maths with a grade 5 in English.

If you have taken GCSE Sociology you need to have gained a 5 grade or higher.


There is no coursework for AS or A Level Sociology, instead there are 2 examinations at AS and 3 examinations.

The examinations assess your ability to analyse evidence from sources and to use that analysis to support your answers.


Future opportunities

If you decide to go to university or college and you have other qualifications, you could take a Degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as:



Government Studies


Further information

For further information please contact Mr Bathgate or Mrs Malkinson at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770