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Sociology A level at Priory School Edgbaston

Course description

In terms of the history of life on Earth, it’s only yesterday that mankind was living in the caves. And yet in what is really the blink of an eye we have developed into a complex society with a wide number of problems and opportunities to live with. And it’s those factors which affect how our species, and the tribes and family groups within it, works on a day to day basis.

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, childhood and social power. More than once during the course you’re bound to ask yourself the question, “Why have we developed like this. Poverty, ignorance, crime, injustice ... shouldn’t we have left them in the Stone Age?”

Course content


Paper 1 – Education with Methods in Context

·         1 hour 30 minutes written exam

·         60 marks

·         50% of AS level


Paper 2 – Research Methods and Topics in Sociology

·         Families and Households

·         1 hour 30 minutes written exam

·         60 marks

·         50% of AS level




Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods

·         2 hour written exam

·         80 marks

·         33% of A level

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology

·         Families and Households and The Media

·         2 hour written exam

·         80 marks

·         33% of A level


Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

·         2 hour written exam

·         80 marks

·         33% of A level

Entry requirements

To take Sociology it is recommended that you have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE English.


Year 12 AS = 2 x 1hr 30min exams

Year 13 A level = 3 x 2hr exams

Future opportunities

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine. But the subject is also useful in a number of other careers, like marketing, advertising. PR, journalism, law or teaching.


The Sociology A Level course helps students develop a number of new skills:

• How to use evidence to support your arguments

• How to investigate facts and use deduction

• How to put over your point of view fluently

• How to work as a team to achieve results

• How to take responsibility for your own learning.


Students who take Sociology often also study Psychology, English Literature and Media Studies. But students who want a career in any of the caring services, or in marketing or business, will find an understanding of sociology useful

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priory School Edgbaston directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016

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    • We warmly welcome applications from internal and external candidates. In order to obtain admission into Priory Sixth Form, candidates must achieve a minimum of 5 A* – C grades including a minimum of a grade C in English language and mathematics. Students are also advised to choose subjects where they have achieved a grade A or B at GCSE. It is equally important for advance level study that applicants display strong self-discipline and commitment.

      Prospective pupils should complete a registration form and Sixth Form application during the Autumn term prior to taking their GCSEs. Interviews will take place early in the Spring Term and an Induction Day will be held late in the Summer Term prior to starting Priory Sixth Form. Candidates will also have the opportunity to tour the Sixth Form with a member of our senior leadership team.

      A conditional offer will be made to internal and external candidates upon receiving their predicted GCSE grades. A firm offer will be made on GCSE results day.