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A level Sociology at Towers School and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

The AQA A level in Sociology is a four unit course over two years and offers you the chance to study society in a critical way. You will try to understand human behaviour, and to do this you will research how other people and society affect us. This will be done via an examination of the influence power, politics, education, crime and the family has on your everyday life. 

You will need to have a questioning mind, be able to look beyond what we consider to be normal and ask the interesting questions such as:

  • ‘What role does the public punishment of crime have for society?’
  •  ‘Is the education system fair?’
  •  ‘How important is youth culture?’
  •  ‘Why are cults such controversial aspects of society?’

As part of the course you will be given the chance to attend Sociology conferences and listen to outside speakers.

Course Structure (1st year):

Unit 1: Families and Households (SCLY1)

Externally Examined: 1 hour

Three short answer questions and two essay questions based on two unseen pieces of stimulus material.

Unit 2: Education and Sociological Methods (SCLY2)

Externally Examined: 2 hours

One question on the sociology of education.

One question on the connection between education and sociological research.

One question on sociological research.

Course Structure (2nd year):

Unit 3: Beliefs in Society (SCLY3)

Externally Examined: 1 hour 30 mins

Two compulsory questions and one essay from a choice of two.

Unit 4: Crime and Deviance (SCLY4)

Externally Examined: 2 hours

Two questions on crime and deviance and one general question.

One question on the link between crime and deviance and sociological research.

Entry requirements

GCSE C grade in English, English literature or Sociology

Future opportunities

Sociology A level can help towards a career in journalism, law, media, advertising and education.   It is also a good grounding for University courses.

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: 12 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September