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Sociology AS/A2 Level
What will you be learning?

Sociology involves an analysis of human behaviour patterns and their relationships with each other. It is the study of people’s behaviour in society, incorporating topics such as crime, divorce, poverty, politics and feminist issues. By the end of the course, pupils will not only be extremely well informed about topical issues which are constantly debated in the media but they will also be able to present logical and coherent arguments about important social and political issues.

Pupils should ask themselves about the alarming media reports of a staggering increase in crime. What are the reasons for this? What do the official crime figures really mean? What are the explanations for and the social consequences of the huge rise in the rate of divorce? Is intelligence inherited and fixed at birth, or do environmental factors account for an individual’s educational achievements? What are the reasons for, and the solution to, the increasing problems of unemployment, poverty and homelessness in our society? Issues such as these and many more are examined in the AS and A2 Level syllabuses.

Various teaching methods are employed, including group presentations, individual study, research and note-making. There will be many opportunities for class - discussion as well as assessment based on short answer tests and longer essay style questions.


Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Wealth, Poverty and Welfare - 1 hour
Candidates choose one topic from three and answer one question. Each question consists of five parts.
Education, Health and Sociological Methods - 2 hours
Candidates choose from one topic (Education or Health) and answer:
1. One 4 part question on the chosen topic.
2. One 1 part question on sociological research methods in the context of the chosen
3. One 4 part question on free-standing sociological research methods.

Beliefs in Society, Global Development, Mass Media and Power and Politics - 1 hour 30 minutes
Candidates choose one topic from four topic options, completing one compulsory question and one question from a choice of two.
Crime and Deviance, Stratification and Differentiation, Theory and Methods - 2 hours
Candidates choose one topic (Crime and Deviance or Stratification and Differentiation):
1. One 2 part question on the chosen topic.
2. One 2 part question on sociological research methods in the context of
the chosen topic.

Enrichment Activities: Pupils will be expected to attend one conference per year in London, which costs about £12 plus travel. ‘Sociology Review’ magazines are optional at a reduced rate subscription for students of approximately £12.

When? Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered? Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.

Who can do it? Age range: 16 - 19.

What will you be working towards?
Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Sociology (500/2203/9).
Awarding Body: AQA.
Type: A2 Level.
Sector: Sociology and Social Policy.

Qualification: AQA Level 3 Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Sociology (500/2263/5).
Awarding Body: AQA.
Type: AS Level.
Sector: Sociology and Social Policy.

What happens when you have finished?
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Sociology, which could lead you onto higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses.

Sociology is relevant for a very wide variety of careers from the police, probation officers, medicine, law, industry and management, to journalism, teaching, nursing and social work. Many of these courses (e.g. law, management and medicine), now have a compulsory sociology component. Vocationally, professional sociologists carry out research for government or other organisations.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors.

Where Can I Find More Information?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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