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Sociology A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

A Level Course Content:

  1. Crime and deviance
  2. Education
  3. Culture and identity
  4. The media

Course content

Do you find yourself questioning why people commit crime? Perhaps you ponder how people gain their identity? Or maybe you want to understand why you are in education and question what the role and function of education is in the twenty-first century. If these questions intrigue you then perhaps sociology is the subject for you!

The new revised sociology specification has a central focus on contemporary UK society; however this can often be understood through the study of other cultures too. You will learn about the two core threads that run through many areas of social life: socialisation, culture and identity and social differentiation, power and stratification. In addition, by the end of the course you will understand the significance of conflict, consensus, social structure and action and be able to apply sociological research methods to the study of each unit – hence the category of social science – it has a social aspect but uses research to underpin its findings.

You will be encouraged to have an active involvement with the research process, in other words carry out small-scale sociological research to find sociological explanations for these issues as well as engage in theoretical debate. The key skills that you will gain from this subject are under the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1 – detailed knowledge and understanding of sociological theories, concepts and evidence; sociological research methods.
  • AO2 – application of sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues.
  • AO3 – analysis and evaluation of sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods leading to you being able to present arguments, make judgements and draw conclusions.

Entry requirements

You should have at least a B grade in English language or English literature, and just as important – an open and enquiring mind.


Paper 1: Education with theory and methods

  • Examination
    • Education: short answers & extended writing = 50 marks
    • Methods in context: extended writing = 20 marks
    • Theory and methods: extended writing = 10 marks

Paper 2: Topics in sociology (culture and identity; the media)

  • Examination
    • Culture and identity: extended writing = 40 marks
    • The media: extended writing = 40 marks

Paper 3: Crime and deviance with theory and methods

  • Examination
    • Crime and deviance: short answers & extended writing = 50 marks
    • Theory and methods: extended writing = 30 marks

Future opportunities

Sociology is an academically demanding subject regarded as an acceptable A Level by universities. A qualification in sociology acts as a good foundation for further study in the social sciences or related subjects, such as history, law, business and psychology. Typically, people with a sociology A Level or degree gain employment in careers that involve working with people. Some of the more popular choices include: law, police, teaching, journalism, personnel management, social work, nursing and marketing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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