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Sociology AS/A Level at Chipping Norton School

Course description

Sociology is a vibrant and exciting subject that will require you to think differently about the society in which we live. We all hold common sense views on the various everyday things that make up our society; crime is rising, teenager pregnancies are increasing, religion is in decline, and education is failing many of its students. In this course we will look behind these headline ideas, challenge orthodox views, and examine the interesting and complex workings of society. Instead of thinking 'What has happened?' think 'Why did that happen?'

Sociology is an evidence based discipline so our ideas and theories have to be backed by facts about society. Sociologists collect data and information by using a variety of research methods. The course is demanding and as such requires a lot of work from each of its students. You will need to be organised, motivated and enthusiastic and most importantly open to new ideas and concepts.

Course content

AS and A2 Level

Unit 1 - Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Wealth Poverty and Welfare
Unit 2 - Education, Health, Sociological Methods
Unit 3 - Power and Politics, Global Development, Beliefs in Society or Media
Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance

Units 1 & 2 are studied at AS level in year 12
Units 3 & 4 are studied at A2 level in year 13

There is no coursework requirement. 


Entry requirements

GCSE grade C English.


At the end of year 12 you will take two exams

Unit 1 - Written paper 1hr 40% of the AS (20% of A level)
Unit 2 - Written paper 2hr 60% of the AS (30% of A level)

At the end of year 13 you will take a further two exams.
Unit 3 - Written paper 1hr 30 min of the 40% A2
Unit 4 - Written paper 2hrs 60% A2

Future opportunities

Sociology opens up a world of opportunities. The Home office and The Criminal Justice System including the Police Force, Prison Service, are gradually moving towards making the study of Psychology, Sociology or Criminology a pre-requisite for employment. Sociology is available for study at all major universities and graduates go on to work in politics, media and the Criminal Justice System.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Norton School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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