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Sociology A Level at Highfields School

Course description

By the end of the course students will have an understanding of the world in which they live, they will be more adept at critical thinking be more open to challengin inequalities and a more empathetic individual. They will learn how to engage with and understand some of the most complex theoretical principles used to explain society. This will make them more able students in their future academic study and eventual careers.

We have a strong team of social scientists, who are all subject specialists in the areas they teach. Our assessment practise and the understanding that our teachers have avout the processes of external examination enables our learners to focus upon the core skills for success. We have written the majority of the resources we use ourselves and they are tailored specifically for the courses we provide.

Course content

AS level – You will study The Sociology of the Family: How our lives have changed in the last 50 years; how we explain these changes in society; specific aspects of change such as increase in divorce or the changing experiences of childhood.

The Sociology of Education: You may think that because you’ve spent 11 years in school you understand education; we’ll enlighten you to what you may not have noticed. Like the reasons why some groups do better in school than others or the reasons why education is continuously changing.

Research Methodologies: How do we investigate society, what is ‘ethical’ within research and how can we use the data we collect.

For the full A-level course - As above with these additional sections:

Global Development: Why are some countries rich or poor, how does our history and our economic strength form a key aspect of Global politics. What is ‘globalisation’, and how will it affect you.

The Sociology of Crime: Why people commit crimes, how we respond to crime and we take a critical look at racism, sexism and biases of the CJS.

Theory and Method: How we explain society and social interaction from a range of different perspectives.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English Language, grade Bin a Humanities GCSE [History, Geography,RE, Citizenship] with a minimum of 5 GCSEgrade Cs, or above.


You will need to write extended essays upon all of these topics, so the SOciology team work tirelessly at stretching your knowledge of society, through reading materials, discussions and structured lessons. We are proud of our work on the developing the critical literacy of our students and spend a lot of our time shaping our learners ability to formulate a strong argument and sustain this over their extended writing.

Future opportunities

Sociology is recognised as an academic discipline which embeds excellent research skills, fosters critical thought and empathetic understanding. As you advance through a range of disciplines such as Politics, Business or Psychology there will be an emergence of sociological themes, either in theoreticalmodelling or in active research. As you move into Higher Education an understanding of Sociaology will become invaluable to your higher order thought.

Further information

Combines well with Law, Psychology, Business, Economics or English Literature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 July 2015
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Key information

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