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Sociology A level at Valentines High School

Course description

In the first year

Unit 1: You will study several aspects of education including class, gender and ethnic differences in achievement and how to use the different research methods to investigate factors affecting achievement.

Unit 2: You will study various aspects of families and households, including childhood, couples, family diversity and patterns in births, deaths, marriage and divorce. You will also look at sociological research methods.

In the second year

Unit 3: Beliefs in Society covers many aspects of religion and its role in society including cults, fundamentalism, secularisation and religion’s role in social change.

Unit 4: Crime and Deviance includes the social distribution of crime, crime prevention, punishment, different types of crime and bias in law enforcement; Theory and Methods covers several main sociological theories and looks into research methods in depth.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in English (or English Literature).


All units are assessed via written exams using the AQA exam board.

The final exams will consist of three two hour papers which will include a range of short answer and extended writing questions.

Future opportunities

Sociology is largely regarded as a skills subject by universities. With this qualification you will be seen as good at debating, research and essay writing. At Valentines High School most pupils get A and B grades in this subject and you will be expected to work hard and achieve your best. The main topics are all interesting to discuss and easy to relate to your own life and experiences. Past pupils have gone on to study Sociology, Criminology Psychology, Law, Medicine, English and Dentistry, as well as many other subjects at university. Sociology leaves your future choices open.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years