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Sociology AS & A Level at Banbury Academy

Course description

The sociology course is a 2 year A’ level course that explores the nature of human society and the issues and problems central to it. Studying sociology gives an insight into social and cultural issues. It will help you develop a critical mindset that explores issues from different perspectives, promoting an open‐minded, analytical approach.  With questions like, ‘who commits crime and why?’, you will find that there are many different ways of exploring this. Sociology is a beautiful discipline that stirs the imagination in a dynamic way that is engaging and rewarding. It also helps develop a host of research, thinking and writing skills that will serve you in many areas of life.

Course content

Year 1

  • Families & Households
  • Education with Research Methods

Year 2

  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C


A level Assessment

  • Component 1‐ Education with Methods  ‐ 33.3%   2 hr Written Exam
  • Component 2 – Topics in Sociology (Families and Households & Beliefs in Society) ‐   33%  2hr Written Exam
  • Component 3 – Crime & Deviance with Theory and Methods – 33% 2hr Written Exam

AS level Assessment (for 1 year students)

  • Component 1 – Education with Methods in Context – 50% 1 ½ hr Written Exam
  • Component 2 – Research Methods & Families and Households – 50% 1 ½ hr Written Exam

Future opportunities

Sociology will take you into a host of careers that involve people in society. It is a subject pursued by many entering professions like social work, nursing, medicine and the law. Those interested in joining the police force or teaching will also find this an essential subject. Beyond the obvious careers, it is also useful in areas such as journalism, marketing and advertising.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Banbury Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2016

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