The study of sociology will teach you to understand the role of different groups in society and where individuals fit into these larger structures. You will learn to question what is normally taken for granted, and gain an interest into understanding and ultimately working towards addressing inequality.

The course can lead to a university degree course in sociology, criminology, politics or law (amongst many other subjects). It can help lead to a career in various fields including social work, teaching, journalism and law.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have achieved a level 5 or above in their English language GCSE in order to meet the standard expected for longer essay responses in exams. A GCSE in Sociology is not required, although it is useful.

Course structure and content

A Level is a two year course, some students may sit the one year AS Level.

Content:

AS Sociology

  • Education – The role and function of the education system, relationships and processes within schools, the significance of educational policies.
  • Research Methods - qualitative and quantitative methods, sources of data, types of data and theoretical, practical and ethical considerations of methodology.
  • Methods in Context – Methods applied to education
  • Families and Households – Families and social structure, changing family patters, gender roles and power relationships, the nature of childhood and demography.

A2 Sociology

  • Crime and Deviance – Crime, deviance, social order and social control. The social distribution of crime, the media and crime, green crime, human rights and state crimes.
  • Theory and Methods – Consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories.
  • Beliefs in Society – Ideology, science and religion, religion and social change, religious organisations,

Assessment

Assessment is by examination. 2 x 1.5 hour exam at AS level, 3 x 2 hour exam at A Level.

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