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Sociology A Level at St Paul's Catholic School

Course description

Sociology is the study of society, its people and their behaviour. Much of what you study relates to your everyday life and you are provided to unpick a range of issues using sociological theories. The study of sociology does not just focus on the United Kingdom but tackles global issues such as migration, the environment and also globalisation. You will be encouraged to conduct your own research to seek answers to the many questions posed in today’s society.

Course content

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods  The study of the role and functions of the education system. Students will discuss the differences in educational achievement of different social groups and also consider the significance of educational policies.  Students will be required to apply sociological research methods within the study of education. They will have the opportunity to conduct their own primary research.

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology  Families and Households. Students will consider the changing patterns of marriage, divorce, cohabitation and childbearing. They will also study the nature of childhood and the demographic changes within the United Kingdom.  Beliefs in Society. Students will become familiar with the different functions of religion and study a variety of different religious organisations. In addition, students will apply religious ideas within today’s contemporary world.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods  The study of crime, deviance and social control  Students will analyse the distribution of crime and deviance across different social groups and study recent patterns and trends within crime rates. They will also consider how crime is punished, controlled and prevented today.  They will assess a range of sociological theories and the relationships between theoretical views and methodological approaches.

Entry requirements

5 A*- C grades at GCSE or their equivalent and must include English Language.



Future opportunities

Sociology is an academic subject which requires you to develop a variety of skills which are transferable to many occupations: journalism, education, law, police, social work and politics.

Sociology graduates include: Michelle Obama (Lawyer and First Lady); Suzanne Malveaux (CNN political correspondent); James Blunt (Musician); George Papandreou (Greece Prime Minister); Jesse Jackson (Reverend); Robin Williams (Actor); Emily Balch (Nobel Peace Prize Winner); Ronald Reagan (Former American President).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 10 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years