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Sociology A-level at The Oakes College (Netherhall School)

Course description

Sociology fosters the development of critical thinking, a respect for social diversity and encourages an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining issues.

On this course you will develop skills to help you understand and analyse topical issues such as crime and deviance and institutions and organisations such as government and religious groups.

You will follow a broad course of study designed to reflect on your own experiences and enhance your ability to play informed roles within different contexts. It will prepare you for making informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices.


Course content

In Sociology we critically analyse key topics in contemporary society. These are some of the questions you will be addressing.

Education - What’s the point of education?

Why are there differences in educational achievement of social groups by class, gender and ethnicity?

How can we do research in the classroom?


Crime - What makes an act deviant?

How does the media represent crime?

How has the process of globalisation caused change in the types and levels of crime?


Families and Households – What’s the impact of our aging population?

What is the future of childhood?

What are the reasons behind the rising divorce rate?

Entry requirements

The minimum requirement is 7 GCSE or equivalent passes at either grades 9-4 or grades A*-C in an appropriate range of subjects, including Maths and English at grade 4 or above.

The college will accept one BTEC at Merit level as one GCSE equivalent.

Where a student continues on to an A-Level from a GCSE subject, it is advisable for a student to have a minimum of a grade 6 or grade B.



A-level Assessment:

Paper 1:  Education with Theory and Methods
Written Exam Paper (2 hours) 33.3%

Paper 2:  Families and Households; Beliefs in Society
Written Exam Paper (2 hours) 33.3%

Paper 3:  Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Written Exam paper (2 hours) 33.3%

The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses which could lead you onto higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Social Work, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. You could also go straight into a job as the A-level is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors.

Further information

Contact Mr T Watkins for further information:

Delivery: Full-time


Open Evening:  16 October 2016

Application Deadline:  15 January 2019

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: 01 October 2018
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