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Sociology A Level at Riddlesdown Collegiate

Course description

Sociology provides valuable insights into our society and our place within it. This academic discipline involves the organised study of human social life, groups and societies. Sociologists seek to research and explain the processes which create, sustain, and occasionally fragment and destroy structures and institutions such as the education system, media, the family, and religion. You will also investigate the nature of culture and identity and the influences of social class, gender, ethnicity and age on your opportunities and choices.

Course content

Year 12 Families and Households: This unit focuses on the changing nature and power relationships within the family. You will also explore the nature of childhood and reasons for growing levels of family diversity (marriage, divorce, single parents etc.) within contemporary society. Education and Methods in Context: You will examine the effects of social class, gender and ethnicity on academic achievements and the relationship between education, the government and the economy. You will also conduct your own piece of research within College in order to identify and evaluate the practical, ethical and theoretical implications of different sociological research methods.

Year 13 Beliefs in Society: This unit questions the role of religion within society and the nature and extent of secularisation – Do you ‘believe without belonging’? Is religion disappearing within our fragmented consumer orientated society? Or do we have more choices than ever before? Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: This unit examines the true nature of crime in our society. You will assess different sociological theories on why people commit crimes and how social control agencies such as the media, police and government create, manipulate and prevent crime within our society. Your application of Sociological Theory and Methods will also be assessed in this unit and each Sociological Theory will be analysed and evaluated with regards to the usefulness it has in understanding society

Entry requirements

Specific Requirements & Skills Required:

GCSE English Language (6)

You will therefore need to have the following skills:

A high standard of literacy 

The ability to research and make connections 

A passion for reading, analysing and evaluating contemporary articles, studies and perspectives 

An open, inquiring mind and a love of debate 

An ability to draw parallels between different perspectives 

A high level or organisation 

Ability to meet deadlines 

Willingness and commitment to exploring, identifying and implementing revision techniques well in advance of your exams


This course is 100% examination (3 A Level papers 80 marks each)

Future opportunities

University courses in a variety of subjects can be taken. For example Criminology, Social Anthropology, Social Administration, Social Policy, Social Science, Social Work, and Public Health. Careers can be pursued in a number of fields not just the obvious ones of social work, nursing or medicine. Many people who have studied Sociology find jobs in areas as varied as administration, business, financial services, law, marketing, advertising, public relations (PR), teaching, law, journalism and law enforcement.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Riddlesdown Collegiate directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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