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Sociology AS Level at Highbury College

Course description

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues.

It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, childhood and social power.

More than once during the programme you're bound to ask yourself the question: "Why have we developed like this? Poverty, ignorance, crime, injustice; shouldn't we have left them in the Stone Age?"

You can combine this subject with other AS/A2 programmes or with a vocational BTEC qualification.

Course content

In the first year you will have two main learning groupings.

The first of those includes:

  • Culture & identity
  • Families & households
  • Wealth
  • Poverty & welfare.

The second grouping includes:

  • Education
  • Health
  • Sociological methods as study topics.

The second year is a similar format.

The first learning grouping includes:

  • Beliefs in society
  • Global development
  • Mass media
  • Power & politics.

The second grouping includes:

  • Crime & deviance
  • Stratification & differentiation
  • Theory & methods.

Over the two years you will have developed a very strong and balanced knowledge-base on the subject of sociology.

Entry requirements

You will normally be expected to have five academic GCSEs at C or above, including English (B) and Maths (C).


In the first year you will sit two papers, one on each of the learning groups you
have studied.

The paper on the first group lasts one hour and accounts for 40% of your marks for the year.

The paper on the second group lasts two hours and accounts for 60% of your marks for the year.

Future opportunities

This qualification can be used as part of combination of subjects for entry to university or work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highbury College directly.

Last updated date: 24 May 2016
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