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Sociology A/S at Queensbury School

Course description

Sociology is the scientific study of society. It is about all kinds of social relationships that people share with each other. In their families, in their school, in work and out in society. Sociologists are interested in society - what happens in society and why it happens, how do people affect society and how does society affect people. Sociology is about human experiences within their culture.

Course content

Two modules will be studied in Year 12.

Unit 1 Culture and Identity:

Culture and Identity

  • Subculture, mass culture, high and low culture, popular culture, global culture.
  • The socialisation process and the role of the agendies of socialisation.
  • Sources and different cnceptions of the self, identity and difference.
  • The relatiohsip of identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class in contemporary society.
  • Leisure, consumption and identity.

Unit 2 Education

  • The role and purpose of education, including vocational education and training in contemporary society.
  • Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society.
  • Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning.
  • The significance of educational policies, including selection, comprehensivisation and marketisation, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of education.
  • The application of sociological research methods to the study of education.

Sociological Methods

  • Quantitative and qualitative methods of research. Questionnaires, interviews, participant and nonparticipant observation, experiments, documents, and official statistics.
  • The distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data.
  • The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of social facts.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 A*-C grades (or equivalent) in your GCSEs, and a gradeC in GCSE English Language.

To progress onto the second year, you need to gain at least a pass grade from the first year.


Assessment is through a combination of modular examinations and coursework.

Future opportunities

Progression Routes

  • Higher Education
  • Career Options - Teaching, Journalism, Police and Social Research, Social Planning and Social Work.

Further information

Please contact a member for the Sociology team for further information.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year