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FAQs for AS & A Level Sociology (9699)

Can students take the AS examination at the end of their first year and then retake it at the end of the second year, along with the A Level components?

Yes a candidate’s best AS Level result can count towards their A Level.

Can students take dictionaries into the examination?

Candidates are not allowed to take any dictionaries into the examination.

What support materials are available?

  • Specimen question papers and mark schemes
  • Past question papers, mark schemes and examiner reports for the last 5 years
  • Scheme of work
  • Teacher guide
  • Learner guide
  • Discussion forum
  • Topic-based resource list
  • AS and A Level Example Candidate Responses booklet – this contains examples of marked student answers to AS and A Level questions and has a commentary from senior examiners

All the above are available on the School Support Hub.

Is International A Level equivalent to UK A Level and how do universities regard International A Level?

Yes, the International A Level is equivalent to an UK A Level. Similarly International AS and UK AS are of equivalent standard. In general, there is direct equivalence between UK AS and A Level Sociology and our AS and A Level Sociology.

How many hours contact time do you recommend for AS and A Level?

Over a two-year A Level course, approximately five hours per week of teaching time would be sufficient. Students will be expected to do individual work outside of this time.

Can you suggest any websites that could be used as teaching aids?

Yes, you could try Sociology Online or Sociology Central as starting points.

I am having problems in getting hold of the recommended textbooks. Can you help?

Please be aware that we do not sell textbooks directly and you will either need to purchase them directly from the publisher or a third party seller. 

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