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Sociology A Level at Canons High School

Course description

Students interested in understanding the relationship of the individual and society and whether or not our behaviours are determined by social structures or whether we have free will to behave as we please.

Sociology is a subject rooted in active learning and investigation. The teaching methods used will reflect this and students will be expected to show curiosity, organisation, self-reliance and independence throughout the course. Students learn sociological theory from day one in order to see the bigger picture in which our social structures operate.

Course content

In the first year of the course you will start by studying the sociology of ‘Families and Households’ and then move onto the study of ‘Education’. As part of this module you will learn more about the ‘Methods’ of sociological enquiry and investigation, applying these to the context of education. In the final year of the course you will study ‘Beliefs in Society’, which focuses on the impact and importance of religion in the contemporary world, and then complete the course with the study of ‘Crime and Deviance’. In this module you will develop your understanding of sociological ‘Theory and Methods’, applying them to the study crime and deviance.

Entry requirements

6 A*-C GCSE grades including English and Mathematics. You will also benefit from a successful record in humanities subjects.  


All three modules are assessed by external examination.

Future opportunities

A variety of higher studies and careers including social work, politics, law, teaching, criminology, public service and the prison service.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Canons High School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years