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Sociology AQA A Level at Littleover Community School

Course description

Qualities Required:

  • An open and enquiring mind.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • An interest in social issues.
  • A growing awareness of sociological content in the media.
  • Strong organisation skills.
  • A willingness to seek help and advice, ask questions and research beyond basic texts.

Course content

Unit 1: Education with Sociological Methods in context

  • The purpose of education.
  • Achievement and class, gender and ethnicity.
  • Teacher/pupil relationships, pupil subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning.
  • Education policies.
  • Sociological methods.
  • How sociologists research education.
  • Theoretical perspectives in Sociology.
  • Is Sociology a science? 


Unit 2: Topics in Sociology

Beliefs in Society:

  • Different theories of ideology, science and religion.
  • The relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability.
  • Cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements.
  • Religion and class, gender, ethnicity and age.
  • The significance of religion in the modern world.


Unit 3: Crime and Deviance (with Theory and Methods)

  • Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control.
  • Crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.
  • The mass media and crime, green crime, human rights and state crimes.
  • Crime control, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.
  • Theory and methods.

Entry requirements

Littleover Community School Sixth Form specialises in AS and A2 Level Courses - we do not offer any alternative/vocational courses. Regardless of which 'wave' of the ongoing A Level reforms each subject is in, we will expect all students to sit AS examinations at the end of Year 12 and A2 examinations at the end of Year 13.

We therefore expect all students to enrol to study 4 AS Levels in Year 12. Most students will then drop one subject at the end of Year 12 having completed the AS Level qualification, continuing with the other 3 to A2 level.

The minimum entry criteria for Littleover Community School Sixth Form is 5 A*-C/9-5 grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who achieve a grade 4 in Maths or English Language will be considered on an individual basis. However, the vast majority of our students will achieve 8 or more A*-C/9-5 grades with A*-8/9-6 in the subjects they wish to study at A Level. If students plan to study subjects that they have not studied at GCSE level we will expect A*-B/9-6 in subjects that have a similar skills set. 

Specific entry criteria:

GCSE graded 9/6 in English Language.


Unit 1:

  • Written examination (2 hours)
  • 33% of A Level Marks


Unit 2:

  • Written examination (2 hours)
  • 33% of A Level Marks


Unit 3:

  • Written examination (2 hours)
  • 33% of A Level Marks

Future opportunities

Studying Sociology develops a range of analytical skills as well as empowering students to play informed roles in society. It will be useful for any career which involves working with people, however it is ideally suited to students considering careers in:-

  • Civil Service.
  • Law.
  • Education.
  • Journalism and the Media.
  • Social Work.
  • Human Resources.
  • Medicine.
  • Social Research.
  • Politics.
  • Retail and Leisure.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Littleover Community School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2016

Key information


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    • Welcome to Littleover Community School Sixth Form and thank you for visiting our website. The Sixth Form was rated as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in both of their most recent inspections when it was part of the highly successful Millennium Centre Post 16 Partnership along with Derby Moor Community Sports College.

      In September 2013 this partnership came to an end to enable Littleover Community School to deliver its own sixth form courses independently. This coincided with the opening of a brand new, purpose built sixth form centre. We have a reputation for academic excellence with students performing considerably higher than national averages year after year.

      Approximately 95% of our students go on to study at university having completed a range of AS and A level subjects. While we are proud of our high academic standards, we also recognise the importance of providing students with an enjoyable and enriching experience throughout their time in the Sixth Form.  We offer a wide range of enrichment sessions in addition to a detailed tutorial programme designed to broaden the experiences of students, develop students as well rounded individuals and prepare them thoroughly for life at university and beyond.

      For more information about the Sixth Form and what we offer please look at our current prospectus.