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A Level Sociology at Great Sankey High School

Course description

Sociology is the study of Society. As sociologists we ask many questions such as; Is the family a universal institution? Why doe some social groups underperform within the education system? Does religion cause conflict or provide stability and why does crime exist in society? Although Sociology is a very different subject to Psychology, they compliment each other well. Many of our students also study Philosophy and Ethics.

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 - Education with research methods in context.

Unit 2 - Research Methods and topics within sociology (Families and households).

A2 Level

Unit 1 - Education with research methods in context.

Unit 2 - Topics within sociology (Families and households & Beliefs in Society).

Unit 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theories and Methods.

Entry requirements

You will need to have a minimum of 5 A* - C grades at GCSE to study this course with at least a grade C in English Language GCSE. Experience has shown us that the students who succeed in and enjoy Sociology the most tend to have certain things in common. Generally speaking, the more of the following you agree with, the more you are likely to enjoy the course: "I already have opinions about certain problems in society", "I enjoy reading newspapers, books and magazines", "I make a point of watching documentaries and news programmes", "I like to discuss my point of view", "I am willing to consider other points of view," "I have an interest in current affairs". Students should also have a good standard of written English due to the essay writing nature of the course.


AS– Unit 1 is worth 50% and Unit 2 50% of the AS grade

A2– Unit 1, 2 & 3 are each worth 33.3% of the A2 grade

Future opportunities

You would be able to study Sociology at Higher Education level in a university or college, either on its own or as part of another course. Sociology is also a very useful subject as preparation for a career in both business and the public sector. Students go on to careers such as Personnel, Marketing, Journalism, Town Planning, Teaching, Social and Community Work, the Police, Nursing, Administration, Retailing, Civil Service and the Para-Medical professions.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Great Sankey High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015

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