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Sixth Form


Course Title: 


A Level Sociology

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What is it all about?


A Level Sociology offers you the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of sociological thought and methods, together with a range of skills. Sociology is the study of human societies, in all sorts of contexts.


A Level Sociology gives you a strong foundation for further study of a range of academic subjects at degree level. It is a good foundation subject as the knowledge you learn can be applied to all aspects of society and it provides a variety of academic skills especially thinking critically about the world. Sociology can lead to a job in a variety of careers such as teaching, social work and social policy making, law, journalism and the civil service. 



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How will I be assessed?


  • Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods 2 hour written exam
  • Education: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
  • Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks
  • Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks 
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology 2 hour written exam
  • Section A: Families & Households extended writing, 40 marks
  • Section B: Mass Media extended writing, 40 marks 
  • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 2 hour written exam
  • Crime and Deviance: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
  • Theory and Methods: extended writing, 30 marks


What are the entrance requirements?


No specific entry requirements are needed other than those generally required for the Sixth Form, though an interest in social issues is important.  Written communication is important, therefore a good standard of written English is advantageous.

What skills do I need?


Successful students demonstrate excellent time management, organisation & self-motivation. You will be required to develop the academic skills of analysis and evaluation. Well-structured extended writing and the ability to select and apply relevant information is the key to success.

Future prospects?


Sociology students frequently have successful careers in a range of sectors and professions. Some go on to study sociology, or other related fields such as law, criminology, law or psychology. Students looking to study marketing find that the understanding they develop of how society is organised and how different groups interact prepares them well. Not all students choose higher education and may look to employment or apprenticeships

What do our students say? 

  • Sociology is thought provoking. 
  • Sociology allows you to learn about society as a whole and understand it from other perspectives. 
  • Sociology is an exciting and interesting subject as it links to modern society.


Miss Heyes, Head of Social Sciences, discusses what's involved in the Sociology course, the subject matter and what to prepare for if you are interested in a qualification in Sociology

Some of our current students answer questions about why they chose Sociology and what advice they would give to someone considering taking the subject at A-level.

Coast and Vale Learning Trust

About Coast and Vale Learning Trust

The Coast and Vale Learning Trust in Scarborough aims to improve education in the locality through establishing coherent and collaborative practice across schools and other educational institutions in the area.

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