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In a rapidly changing world, Cambridge International AS and A Level Sociology offers learners the opportunity not only to explore the processes that are shaping current trends, but also to develop an understanding of the complexity and diversity of human societies and their continuities with the past.
The study of sociology stimulates awareness of contemporary social, cultural and political issues, and focuses on the importance of examining these issues in a rigorous, reasoned and analytical way.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
We have updated this syllabus for examination in 2021, 2022 and 2023 in line with a wider review of Cambridge International AS & A Level to make sure it meets the needs of learners, schools and and higher education institutions around the world.
This updated syllabus will be assessed in June and November 2021, 2022 and 2023. It is also available in March 2021, 2022 and 2023 (India only). Please see the 2021-2023 syllabus above for full details.
We are developing a wide range of support to help you plan and teach the 2021-2023 syllabus.
Look out for a range of support including a Scheme of work, Example candidate responses, Teacher and Learner guides. These materials will be available before first teaching from April 2019 onwards through our School Support Hub.
Cambridge International AS & A Level Sociology (Collins)
This course provides truly international coverage of the Cambridge International syllabus, written by best-selling Sociology authors. It encompasses a range of different societies helping students to apply sociological ideas to the world today.
Read more on the Collins website
Cambridge International AS & A Level Sociology (Cambridge University Press)
Develop global citizens and critical thinkers as they explore the processes shaping current trends – from social media, to the role of the family and religion. ‘Think like a sociologist’ features, exam-style questions and example answers.
Read more on the Cambridge University Press website
For some subjects, we publish grade descriptions to help understand the level of performance candidates’ grades represent.
We paused the publication of grade descriptions in response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the temporary changes to the awarding standard in 2020, 2021 and 2022.
As the awarding standard has now returned to the pre-pandemic standard, we are working to produce up-to-date grade descriptions for most of our general qualifications. These will be based on the awarding standards in place from June 2023 onwards.
We provide a wide range of support so that teachers can give their learners the best possible preparation for Cambridge programmes and qualifications. For teachers at registered Cambridge schools, support materials for specific syllabuses are available from the School Support Hub (username and password required).
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