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Sociology A level at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School

Course description

All students will study the social structure of contemporary society and reference will also be made to cross-cultural studies. In particular, students will become aware of the influences upon behaviour and will look at why there are patterns of behaviour. For instance, students will examine the effects of the media upon behaviour and ask questions such as: “Does watching violent television make us more violent?” In addition, other institutions like the Church, the Education System and the Family will be examined for their possible effects upon behaviour. Students will also look at topics such as the role of women and the nature and distribution of poverty and wealth in modern Britain. Specific acts of behaviour such as crime, deviance, divorce and cross cultural comparisons will also be considered. Further to this, the social construction of health and illness will be examined in conjunction with a discussion of some of the possible solutions to these problems. The syllabus is under review and may be slightly modified, but these are the central aspects which students could be expected to cover. Underlying the syllabus are the key questions of: “What motivates behaviour, where does our identity come from?” and “What policies should we pursue to address the social problems we encounter?”

Entry requirements

Grade C English Language at GCSE. No previous knowledge of the subject is necessary, but the willingness to work hard and take an interest in contemporary social attitudes is of great benefit.



Method of Assessment: Students are required to attempt two series of examinations. They will take the AS Level exam at the end of Year 12 and the A Level exam at the end of Year 13. Both sets of exams will be based around a combination of stimulus response and essay questions.


AS Level

Written Paper 1

Education with Methods in Context (1 hr. 30 mins.) 50% marks at AS Level

Written Paper 2:

Research Methods and Topics in Sociology (1 hr. 30 mins.) 50% marks at AS Level

Note: AS Level is a stand-alone qualification which does not count towards the overall A Level grade.


A Level

Written Paper 1

 Education with Theory and Methods (2 hours) 33.3% marks at A Level

Written Paper 2:

 Topics in Sociology (2 hours) 33.3% marks at A Level

Written Paper 3:

 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2 hours) 33.3% marks at A Level


Further information

Experienced, successful and qualified staff are responsible for teaching Sociology; several are Senior Examiners and textbook authors. The department gets excellent results and it has received national recognition in the Good Schools Guide for the best results in the county. Students will learn through a variety of methods. There will be a mixture of traditional and more modern approaches which emphasise student participation and responsibility. Use will also be made of the latest in video and television technology. It is expected that students will undertake a variety of visits and trips which will enhance their understanding of the subject matter. In recent years Sociology students have visited Beijing, Moscow, Florida and San Francisco. This year students will visit New York and Washington.


As a social science, Sociology combines very well with other disciplines such as Politics, Business, Geography and Psychology. It also complements traditional Arts-based subjects such as History, English, Modern Languages and also Mathematics with Statistics. Sociology will provide students with a deeper understanding of social reality and is very useful in a large number of careers. Sociology graduates work as journalists, as social workers or in the police and armed forces. Others go into management, the civil service or law. An understanding of Sociology is needed in a variety of fields like medicine and nursing, teaching, marketing, public relations and Human Resource Management or Personnel. Thus the study of Sociology will aid the personal and academic development of students. The department’s results are always outstanding. In recent years two of our students were in the top five Sociology students in the country and we have been awarded the national Good Schools Guide award for excellent results.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clitheroe Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 08 October 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years