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Sociology at Overton Grange School

Course description

Sociology is sometimes called ‘Science of Society’. It is a systematic and rigorous study of the society in which we live and how it has developed. Historians ask questions about a society in the past. Sociologists focus upon how the different groups and institutions in our society work together or don’t work together. They monitor changes and developments over recent years. You will acquire essential knowledge and understanding of the central aspects of sociological thought and research methods together with the application of a range of skills. Over the two year course you will look at topics such as health, the family, social inequalities (such as social class, race and gender) religion and politics. You will also study those techniques that sociologists use in order to conduct their research, and sociological theories that seek to explain and understand the nature and development of contemporary Britain.

Course content

A Level

Year 1
Education Methods in Context Research Methods:         

Year 2
Crime & Deviance
Theory & Methods

The A-level is assessed by three written exam papers at the end of the course: Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods (two hours)

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology (two hours)

Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (two hours).
A Level students will be taught one of the options from below:
• Beliefs in society,
• Global Development,
• The media,
• Stratification and differentiation.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A*-C, this can include BTEC Level 2 courses gained at merit level. A grade ‘C’ in English Language or above is essential.


Each unit is assessed by a written examination.

Future opportunities

Sociology is recognised for entry to universities by employers for a wide variety of jobs and careers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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