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Sociology A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

Sociology is a popular subject at AS and A2 level. The skills and knowledge you can acquire from the study of Sociology will equip you with a life-long understanding of the society in which we live.

Sociology will offer you an insight into the social and cultural issues that you come across on a daily basis. It is designed to enhance your understanding of the society in which we live and to encourage you to think critically. More than once during the course you will find yourself asking ‘Why?’ ‘Why do some people have so much and others so little?’ or ‘Why did young people feel the need to riot in 2011?’ By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to be able to explain some of the social issues that exist in society today.

Course content


Unit 1: Families and Households (40% of AS). Students look at Sociological explanations of the family and a range of issues including family diversity, patterns of marriage and divorce, gender roles in the home and childhood.

Unit 2: Education and Sociological Methods (60% of AS). Students will examine sociological explanations for the role of education in society and look at the ways in which social class, gender and ethnicity can influence achievement. The use of different methods of research will also be examined in this paper.


Unit 3: Beliefs in Society (20% of total A-Level). In this unit students will look at different theories of ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and nonChristian traditions. Students will study a variety of religious organisations including cults, sects and New Age movements and they will be encouraged to think critically about the significance of religion in contemporary society.

Unit 4: Crime and Deviance (30% of total A-Level). Students analyse and evaluate a range of explanations for many types of crime including suicide. The influence of the media is also studied as well as gender, class and youth crime.

Entry requirements

Grade C in English GCSE.


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Future opportunities

Sociology is a subject which is valued by universities and employers. Students who study Sociology will develop skills such as, reasoning, evaluation and analysis, as well as a better understanding of people and the world around them. It is an ideal foundation for a career in law, police, journalism, media, research, marketing, social work and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years