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A Level Sociology at Ark St Alban's Academy

Course description

Why are some countries richer and more powerful than others? Why are some people more likely to commit crime according to statistics? Why do some types of people seem to get more power in society? Sociology is a subject for people who like to ask questions about things that other people take for granted. It helps us explore and understand the cultures we live in.

Sociology helps students to use evidence to support arguments and to be able to see the strengths and weaknesses in other arguments – an important skill for university and many other careers. Studying Sociology also involves looking at human action from a range of different perspectives and students are encouraged to see the world from many different angles. 

Course content

Unit 1: Families and Households: AS students study different types of families, how they have changed over the years, how childhood has changed and issues of power and control.

Unit 2: Education: In the education with research methods module we look at what the ‘real’ purpose of education is, we look at why different groups achieve differently and experience school differently.


Unit 3: Crime and deviance: What are the causes of crime? What is the role of the police and the justice system? Is everyone treated fairly? Why do some types of people commit more crime than others? Does the mass media make crime worse?


Unit 4: Global Development: This unit explores issues such as global inequality, poverty and the environmental crisis. We ask questions such as 'why are almost a billion people in the world malnourished?’ and look at the causes and consequences of international conflicts and the impact of globalisation.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C GCSE grades


Grade B in English or a humanities subject.





100% exam

Future opportunities

Further Studies: Sociology is a popular subject at university and links well with Media Studies, Psychology, English and History.

Careers: social work, medicine, nursing, marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law or teaching.

Further information


Students will have trips such as to the law courts and visiting speakers such as experts from the exam board.  

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September