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Sociology AS/A Level at Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan

Course description

Sociology provides us with an understanding of how social forces shape individual attitude and behaviour. By developing a ‘sociological imagination’, students will make connections between the individual and society whilst, at the same time, challenge their common-sense notions about the social world they live in. This subject shows us how societies are developed and maintained, and helps us to appreciate the diversity that exists in the human population.

Many Sociology students have reported the profound effect that their involvement with this subject has had on them as it has helped them to understand themselves and others whilst empowering them, through their new knowledge and analytical skills, to make well thought-out decisions and arguments and develop new opinions on a range of topics and issues.

This ‘A’ Level is offered at ‘AS’ and ‘A2’ level. It is designed to:

  • develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods,
  • demonstrate the application of a range of skills,
  • consider the integration of sociological themes
  • socialisation, culture and identity
  • social differentiation, power and stratification

Course content

AS Unit Titles
Unit 1: Families and households
Unit 2: Education and sociological methods

A2 Unit Titles
Unit 3: Beliefs in society
Unit 4: Crime and deviance and sociological theory and methods

Entry requirements

Due to the popularity of this course, candidates are required to hold at least five GCSEs at grade C or above, one being in English. GCSE Sociology is not essential.


Unit 1: 1 hour - written exam [AS Level – 40%] [A Level – 20%]
Unit 2: 2 hours - written exam [AS Level – 60%] [A Level – 30%]
Unit 3: 1 hour 30 mins - written exam [A Level – 20%]
Unit 4: 2 hours - written exam [A Level – 30%]

Future opportunities

A qualification in sociology will equip a student with a range of transferable skills such as communication, analysis, interpretation, evaluation and theoretical application.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Emrys Ap Iwan directly.

Last updated date: 22 December 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years