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Sociology at Hillview School for Girls

Course description

Sociology is the study of society and social behaviour. It is a social science that uses data from various sources to analyse trends in the way that societies are organised, including how groups in societies interact and the roles that institutions play in society.

Sociology also involves thinking critically and forming reasoned arguments using philosophical perspectives that attempt to explain social behaviour.


Course content

The A Level Sociology course covers:

Education, including the role of education, social policy and educational attainment of different genders, ethnicities and social classes

Families and households, including demographic trends in UK families, changes in the nature of family, childhood and the position of women

Crime and deviance, including perspectives on why crimes are committed, types of crime and criminological research

Beliefs in society, including the role of religion, types of religious organisation, and science and political ideology as belief systems

Sociological theory and research methods, including perspectives such as feminism and Marxism, as well as factors influencing choices  in sociological research design

Current affairs and issues in society today, such as globalisation, social differentiation, culture and identity


Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study three Level 3 qualifications for Hillview Sixth Form are Grade 5 in both English and Maths together with an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.

Students will need to have achieved the subject-specific entry requirements, which for A Level Sociology is also a Grade B/Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.



Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 and is 100% external exam (three exams of two hours each).

Future opportunities

There are numerous Sociology and Criminology related courses at Higher Education. In terms of careers, Sociology is an extremely useful subject for anyone who is thinking of working in the “people centred” professions – for example, teaching, social work, researching, the police force, law and management.

Further information

Links with other courses

Media, Geography, Health and Social Care and Psychology.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 25 October 2017
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