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Sociology A Level at The Billericay School

Course description

Sociology is the scientific study of society through which students learn more about the world around them, trying to make sense of many of the major issues modern society faces. It examines social relationships that people share with each other, as well as factors that underpin these, such as social class, ethnicity, gender and age. If you enjoy lively debate, asking questions and discussing current social issues, this may be the subject for you.

Course content

Unit 1: Education
What is the purpose of education in our society?
Do we all have equal educational opportunities?
How does class, race or gender make a difference?
This paper also examines sociological research methods.

Unit 2: Families and Households and
Beliefs in Society.
A look at the rapidly changing nature of the family in modern society. How do beliefs impact on society in the modern world – for example, what are the causes of religious fundamentalism?

Unit 3: Crime and Deviance
Crime is a major concern in today’s society. Who are the criminals? Why do they do it? Does ‘society’ cause crime? This paper also examines understanding of sociological theory and methods.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or literature.


This course is one of the new linear A levels.

All examinations will take place at the end of the course.

The AS qualification is completely separate.

Future opportunities

Students have progressed to study sociology at university. The high level skills sociology develops are valued by many employers, and recent leavers have found sociology of specific relevance in numerous career fields. These include journalism,
law, advertising, market research, the police, management, administration, social work, the health professions, teaching, central and local government work and business of all kinds.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Billericay School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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