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Sociology A Level at Exmouth Community College

Course description

Think about this…

  • Should women stay at home and look after young children?
  • Should men stay at home and look after young children? 
  • Why is there a fence round the college?
  • Is it a child’s fault if they fail in school, or is it the school’s fault? 
  • Is Britain a racist society?
  • How do the rich stay rich?
  • Why don’t we go to church any more? 
  • Why do young people get involved in gang culture?
  • Can we defeat terrorism?
  • Are prisons a soft option these days?
  • Are people on benefits all “scroungers”?

Course content

These are the sorts of issues you will be expected to write essays about on the newly restructured Sociology A level course, as well as studying the research methods used by Sociologists, ranging from questionnaires and interviews to ethically questionable undercover filming operations. Asking the right questions is at least as important as finding the right answers... and is there always a “right” answer anyway?

Entry requirements

The normal College requirement to get a place on these courses is five GCSEs at 4 or above INCLUDING Maths and English equivalent, or 280 points.

You will also need to attain 5 or higher in GCSE English Literature or Language and 4 or higher in GCSE Mathematics.


Exam Board: AQA

Future opportunities

Sociology A level is recommended for careers such as Nursing, Teaching, Social Work and Police Work, but it also involves current affairs, political opinions and an element of philosophical speculation about human nature – it is one of the broadest A levels you can do and it goes well with almost any subject combination.

Further information

Student Voice:

"It is a really interesting, fun and enjoyable lesson which all students are respected and treated like individuals.  The teacher truly cares about the success and well-being of the students in his class.  By doing so, all the students feel as if they are really cared about and that they can always talk and confide in the teacher.” 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Exmouth Community College directly.

Last updated date: 10 November 2017

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