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Sociology A level at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

Sociology is a great choice for people who want a career in local government, Law, the Public Services and Caring Professions, such as Nursing, Social Work, the Police and Civil Service. It has also become a popular choice for those seeking careers in personnel management, written and broadcast media. It is seen as a great subject to combine with other social science / humanities subjects such as Psychology, Politics, History and Philosophy.

An A Level in Sociology is also a great choice for anyone with an interest in what lies behind how the various institutions of society operate; including the family, education, the media and law enforcement agencies. It is also great for developing a wider understanding of how cultural beliefs around the world operate to influence social policy.

Good English skills are required in order to write good analytical and evaluative Sociology essays.

Course content

Families and Households

You will examine the role of the family, changing family patterns, family diversity and the life course, families and social policy, childhood and relationships within the family and sociological theories of the family.

Education with Research Methods

You will study sociological theories of education, the role and purpose of education, processes within school, differential educational achievement, class, gender, ethnicity, educational policy and research methods in the context of education.

Beliefs in Society

You will investigate theories of religion, ideologies of science, religion and social change, whether or not there has been a decline of religion, postmodernity and beliefs, religion in a global context, religious organisations, movements and members and social patterns of belief and participation.

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

You will analyse functionalist, strain and subcultural theories of crime and deviance, Labelling theory, Marxist theories of crime and deviance, Realist theories of crime and deviance, class, gender and ethnicity, the media and crime, globalisation, green crime, human rights and state crimes, control, punishment and victims, suicide, research methods and theory in context and how sociologists investigate and explain crime.


100% Examination

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyke Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 23 January 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years