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Sociology– AS and A Level at Hitchin Girls School

Course description

The topics studied at AS Level are education, research
methods and a choice from families and households,
culture and identity, or poverty and health. At A
Level you will study education, theory, research
methods, crime and deviance and a choice from one
of families and households, culture and identity,
poverty and health and one of beliefs in society,
global development, the media or stratification and
differentiation. All units are assessed by written

Education investigates the role of the education system,
differences in achievement by ethnicity, gender and
social class and the possible explanations for these as
well as how changes in government policy may impact
on these inequalities.

Families and Households looks into the changing
relationships within the family with reference to gender
roles, domestic labour & power and patterns regarding
marriage, divorce and childbearing and the resulting
diversity of family and household structures. You
will learn how the nature of childhood and the status
of children have changed and investigate women’s
exploitation, domestic violence, child abuse and family
links to mental illness.

Culture and Identity looks at different conceptions
of culture and identity in contemporary society. The
role that age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality,
sexuality and social class play in shaping our identities
are considered as well as how culture and identify
affects patterns of leisure and consumption.

Health investigates the unequal distribution of health
and illness both in the UK and internationally, the roles
played by medicine and health professionals as well as
the study of the nature and social distribution of mental

Beliefs in Society asks questions such as: Is religion
still relevant to young people? What factors help
to explain secularisation and the rise of religious
fundamentalism in contemporary society? Does religion
control and oppress us or can it be a force for liberation
and social change? Why do people join cults or sects
and what impact do these have on people’s lives?

The Media looks at how the media represents age,
class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability, the
impact of globalisation and popular culture and the
processes of selection and presentation of the content
of the news looking at the extent to which the media is
biased towards certain political views.

Crime and Deviance investigates who is most likely to
commit crime? What factors account for the perceived
rise in anti-social behaviour, violent crime and gangs?
How have sociologists developed theories to understand
crime and society more generally?
Sociology is a well respected academic discipline. The
course will be excellent preparation for further study
at university and is useful for a number of careers
including law, teaching, social work, journalism,
television, the police, nursing, the civil service as well as
the world of business and commerce.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hitchin Girls School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years