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Sociology AS & A Level at St Vincent College

Course description

Sociology is the study of society. As such, you will learn about the structures, processes and rules for living that dictate how those within society exist on a day-to-day basis. In particular, we will focus upon the study of youth and youth culture, crime and deviance and social inequality.

Whilst it is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE, we do ask that you come to us with an interest in current affairs, a willingness to listen to others, and inquisitive mind and – most importantly – a readiness to have you views challenged.

Like Psychology, Sociology has a theoretical basis to it – so you will be learning both real world case studies alongside academic theories.

Course content

Currently in your AS year, you will study youth culture in the first term, education in the second term and we will use the final term as you opportunity to revise with us in a structured environment in order to prepare you for your first-year examinations.

In your second year, you will study Crime in the first term, Social Inequality in the second term and we will use the final term as you opportunity make sure that you are fully prepared for your final examinations.

The topics covered over the first two years are:

Component 1 – Socialisation and Culture
Subject areas:
• Youth Culture
• Education

Component 2 – Methods of Sociological Enquiry
Subject area:
• Research methods

Component 3 – Power and Stratification
Subject areas:
• Social divisions and inequalities
• Crime and deviance

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs grade A* – C. preferably, we would like you to have achieve a grade B in a narrative-based subject, such as English Language, English Literature and/or History


All three components are assessed by examinations. There is no coursework. Individual guidance is available when needed. You can also help yourself by keeping up-to-date with events and developments in the world around us by engaging with news, social and other forms of media.

Future opportunities

• Higher Education for degree courses in Sociology or in related subjects such as
criminology, social work etc.
• Careers involving people, such as the forces, health services, journalism, law, management, personnel, police, social work

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

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