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Sociology AS & A level at Brentside High School

Course description

Sociology is about making sense of the society we live in. It helps us to understand why people behave in the way that they do. It unpicks the thread of our experiences throughout life and shapes our way of thinking. You will form new perspectives of society. You will be introduced to three key areas of sociology at AS level, which you will be required to elaborate on at A level. At A level you will cover three extra units. 


AS level – Education: This unit allows you to critically analyse the education system and question a social institution you are actively a member of. We look at the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure. Students will also investigate the educational differences in achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in a contemporary society. 

Family: This is a popular module that investigates the changing dynamics of the family and its function within society. You will compare the contemporary household to the traditional family and how changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation and gender roles have impacted the various family roles. 


A level – Crime and deviance: In this topic, you will cover the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class. This will also include recent patterns and trends in crime, how globalisation has impacted the distribution of crime. Students will also research crime in contemporary society, the media and crime, green crime, human rights and state crimes.

Religion: Involves researching into religious ideologies and the relationship between science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions. You will learn about the changes in religion and social stability and the emergence of new religious organisations, including cults, sects and denominations. 

Theory and methods: This unit looks at the theoretical and practical aspects of sociology. You will debate whether the study of sociology is subjective or objective and if it can ever be value free. You will gain a deeper insight into the different sociological perspectives and the relationship between sociology and social policy.   

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English language and grade B in any GCSE humanities subject


AS level is assessed by two examination papers. 


A level is assessed by three examination papers.


Examination board: AQA 

Future opportunities

All of the content that is covered and the skills and that are developed help with success in a range of careers such as politics, teaching, journalism, social work, marketing, public relations, counselling and advertising.  

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 August 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September