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Sociology A level at Dereham Neatherd High School

Course description

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to education, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Sociology can be an excellent subject to study alongside other humanities subjects. It develops skills such analysis, evaluation and literacy. This makes it an ideal subject when applying to university and people with an A level in Sociology have gone on to study degrees in Nursing, Teaching, Social Work, Social Policy, Media, Criminology, Law and History.

Course content

Over the two years of the A Level you will study the following:
- Families and Households
- Education & Research Methods
- The Mass Media
- Crime & Deviance
- Theory & Methods

Entry requirements

Minimum BBCCC including B in English Language GCSE


Everyone will take the AS qualification at the end of the first year which involves sitting two 1.5 hour exams. Those who are successful will then take the full A Level at the end of two years which involves sitting three 2 hour exams. There is no coursework.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

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