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Sociology A level at Cowley International College

Course description

Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are
today? How the way you see yourself determines the way
people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely
to commit a crime?

AS and A-level Sociology will help you to make sense of the
society we live in and to understand the cultural and identity
issues which affect us all. You will learn a number of skills
including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how
to investigate facts and critical thinking. It is relevant to the
society you live in, so you are bound to enjoy learning about
topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door
to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Course content

Both the AS and A-level are now linear qualifications with
assessments in the final year of each course. AS is a standalone
qualification and AS results no longer count towards the

In the AS and first year of A-level, students will be introduced
to different theories and study the research methods
developed by sociologists. Students will also study their
findings in a number of key areas such as how families are
changing, becoming more varied and less predictable, how
schools operate and the power of teachers to influence

In the second year of A-level, students will study theories and
research in more depth and look at other areas of social life.
Students will also study different beliefs in society and will
consider why some people conform and others commit crime.
By the time students finish their course, they should see the
world differently, have a deeper understanding of the way
societies work and have learnt how to carry-out and interpret
social science research.

Entry requirements

Grade B (grade 6) in English.

Future opportunities

According to, the top six degree courses
taken by students who have an A-level in sociology are:
• Sociology
• Psychology
• English studies
• Business studies
• Law
• Teaching

Possible career options
Studying Sociology at university can give you a whole host of
exciting career options, including: Social work, HR, Advertising,
Policing, Marketing, Journalism, Law and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cowley International College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2017

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