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Sociology A Level at Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College

Course description

Sociology is a dynamic and popular subject at A Level and beyond. It requires students to adopt a range of theoretical perspectives and use them to analyse recent social phenomena and provide explanations of them. Students learn both sociological theory and how sociological research is conducted. You will need to have an interest in current events, a desire to share ideas and listen to those of others; most importantly you will not be someone who is content with saying, “That’s just the way it is”, in response to any questions. 

Course content

The Compulsory topics include:

  • Education with Research Methods: Students will engage with a substantial range of historical and contemporary research on educational issues, for example, classic studies such as ‘Learning to Labour’ (Willis, 1977) and more recent research such as ‘Racism and Education, Conspiracy of Coincidence’ (Gilborn,2008). Students will learn the basics of sociological research and apply their learning to research in educational fields.
  • Crime and Deviance with Research Methods: As above, students will engage with classic studies into crime and deviance such as ‘Suicide’, (Durkheim, 1897) as well as more contemporary research, such as ‘9/11 Ten Years Later’ (Griffin, 2011). Students will develop their understanding of research methods and apply it to researching crime and deviance.

The Optional topics that the department can choose from:

  • Culture and Identity
  • Families and Households
  • Wealth, Poverty and Welfare
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Mass Media
  • Power and Politics


The course is 100% exam assessed, and you will need to enjoy independent research and essay writing to be able to prepare for excellent exam performance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Haberdashers' Aske's Hatcham College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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