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Sociology AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

Sociology allows students to investigate and critically analyse the social world. In their study of society students will examine how society shapes their behaviour, beliefs and identity.

They will discover how social institutions such as the education system, media, political parties, law, families and religion influence the process of identity formation and how people think and act.

The subject will enable students to develop skills of research, analysis and evaluation together with the ability to, either written or verbally, communicate ideas and theories clearly, effectively and concisely.

Course content

AS Level

  • UNIT 1: EDUCATION WITH METHODS IN CONTEXT Education: The function of the education system; why some groups in society achieve to different levels; relationships and processes in schools; and the significance of government policies on the education system.
  • UNIT 2: FAMILIES AND HOUSEHOLDS Research Methods: Different methods of collecting and using data; distinctions between primary and secondary sources of data and distinctions between quantitative and qualitative data; practical, ethical and theoretical considerations influencing research methodology. The focus will be on families and households including issues such as changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, child bearing and the life course; gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family; and demographic trends in the UK since 1900.

A Level

  • UNIT 3: EDUCATION WITH THEORY AND METHODS Education: Further investigation of education with the emphasis on the undertaking and application of research in educational settings.
  • UNIT 4: TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY – BELIEFS IN SOCIETY Beliefs in Society: Ideology, science and religion; the relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations; religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements; the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices; the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world.
  • UNIT 5: CRIME & DEVIANCE WITH THEORY AND METHODS Crime and Deviance: Crime, deviance, social order and social control; the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime; globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes; crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Grade C or above


AS Level: 2 Exams.

A- Level: 3 Exams.

Future opportunities

Sociology students are found in a range of occupations such as the social services, education, the probation service, the media and law.

Many of the skills acquired can be transferred to other occupations such as marketing, research and departments in local and central government.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wymondham College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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