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Sociology at Plume College

Course description

At AS Level, students study the topics of Families and Households, Education and Research Methods. Included in this will be debates, such as changes in family structure, patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing, the role of the education system, explanations of the different education achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity. Research methods allow students to explore the range of ways in which sociologists study the social world around them, and apply them to the Sociology of Education.

At A2 Level, students will study Beliefs in Society, the role of religion, the role of cults, sects and churches and their relationship to religious activity and whether or not religion is in decline in today’s society. In Theory and Methods, students will consider the key research methods available to sociologists to study society, the major theories which aim to explain the social world in which we live and whether or not sociology is a science. In Crime and Deviance, students consider the different explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control, explanations of the social distribution of crime and deviance by age, social class, ethnicity, gender and locality, the social construction of crime including the role of the mass media and sociological issues arising from the study of suicide. Students will also explore and evaluate the way crime and deviance are researched.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade C in English.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years