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A2 Sociology at Buttershaw Business & Enterprise College

Course description

This subject is a must for students who enjoy exploring and talking about a range of issues which affect both individuals and groups in our multi-cultural world.

Course content

AS Level :

Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods

Students will examine the role and functions of the education system, differential achievement of social groups, the relationships and processes within schools and the significance of educational policies. Students will also apply sociological research methods to the study of education.

Paper 2 - Topics in Sociology

Section A - Families and Households

This unit looks at the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies. Students also examine the changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, divorce and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures.

Section B - Beliefs and society

This unit looks at different theories of ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions. It examines the relationship between social change and social stability, religious beliefs, practices and organisations.

A Level

Paper 1 and 2 as above.

Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance

Crime and deviance: This unit looks at different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control. It also examines the social distribution of crime and deviance, globalisation and crime in contemporary society and crime control, prevention and punishment.

Entry requirements

Students need to achieve 5A*-C GCSEs in academic subjects including a B in RE and English.


2 Exam papers for AS

3 Exam papers for A Level

Further information

See Mrs Norfolk

How to apply

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Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September