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Sociology A level at Holy Cross Sixth Form College

Course description

Have you ever wondered what causes outbreaks of violence? Have you ever asked yourself why individuals from middle class backgrounds outperform those from working class backgrounds? Have you ever considered where labels such as “chav” come from? Or the impact these labels have on educational achievement and the crime rate?

These are issues that are all encompassed into the A Level course and they provoke a lot of discussion and debate. If you are interested in these issues and wider societal debates then this subject is for you!

Sociology is an increasingly popular subject, particularly amongst those students who wish to combine the study of traditional subjects with a new discipline which offers fresh insights into human life. Sociology aims to understand human behaviour by looking at the society in which we live, and how that society shapes our courses of action. We are all part of British society but quite often we take for granted the process and institutions that have shaped our lives from the day we were born. The role of the sociologist is to investigate patterns and trends, investigate inequality and stand up for the oppressed. Studying Sociology will allow you to develop a critical mind and a desire to challenge the status quo.

Course content

The course is split into 3 modules with 4 topic areas, giving students the opportunity to experience a variety of topics that relate to society.

Over the 2 year A Level course:
Module 1: Education with Theory and Methods
Module 2: Families and Households. The Media.
Module 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

During the AS year:
Module 1: Education and research methods
Module 2: Families and Households and research methods.

If you continue onto the A Level you will be re-examined on the material from the AS course again alongside the A2 material.

Entry requirements

General college entry requirements. In addition, English Language GCSE grade C or above.

Future opportunities

Many students go onto study Sociology or Criminology at many universities around the country.


Sociology also opens up a number of career areas, particularly those involving working with people, such as teaching, social work, business, and personnel management. Architects, lawyers, medical students and engineers all have some introduction to the sociological aspects of their work, and these professions are taking a greater interest in sociological research so that they can plan their work more effectively.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holy Cross Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2015

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