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GCE A Level Sociology at Bournville College

Course description

In the first year of the A-level programme you will complete the first module in the Families and Households unit and the second in Education and Sociological Methods. This makes up 50% of an A Level in Sociology.

In the second year you will study Beliefs in Society. The second unit comprises of two parts where students will study Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods.

Course content

The Families and Households unit will enable students to evaluate how the family has changed and developed from pre-industrial society to modern day. Students will examine changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and explore the diversity of contemporary family life.

The Education and Sociological Methods unit looks at the different roles and functions of the education system in the UK and examines explanations for the different educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity. This unit will also consider the different methods used by sociologists including questionnaires, interviews, observation techniques and experiments.

In the Beliefs in Society unit students will examine the importance of religion in society. Students will explore the changing nature of religion and consider the many varied forms that religious belief takes. Students will address the impact that religion has on society.

In the unit on Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods students will consider the causes of crime and deviance in society. Students will study the social distribution of crime and deviance by age, social class, ethnicity, gender and locality. In the second part of the unit students will study the relationship between theory and sociological methods. Here students will explore the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing sociological research.

Entry requirements

6 GCSEs, grades C or above and a minimum of grade C in English Language at GCSE.


Assessment is by examination only.  There is a one hour examination in January worth 40% and a further two hour examination in May/June worth 60%.  In the second year there is a one and a half hour examination in January worth 40% and a further two hour examination in May/June worth 60%.

Future opportunities

Taken as part of a package of A Levels, this course can lead on to a degree course in Sociology or other subjects.  You will be equipped to go to university and to engage in Careers in the Social Science pathways in Health and Social Care, Psychology, Criminology, Organisational Management, Government/Politics, these are suggested pathways only.

Further information

If you are interested in studying this course please contact the Advice Zone on 0121 477 1300

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 August 2016
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