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Sociology AS and A Level at Portsmouth College

Course description

This stimulating subject explores the continual changes taking place in society and their impacts on individuals.  What is youth culture?  Is society sexist?  Is there such a thing as the stereotypical criminal?  This could be the subject for you if you enjoy learning about people, enjoy discussion and if you are willing to look analytically and critically at theories and ideas.

Course content

This syllabus will introduce you to many of the key areas of sociological study. Key themes in year 1 include the concept of ‘culture’, perceptions of youth and the major issue of social inequality - in particular the idea that inequality is based on gender or social class.

In the second year the focus is on crime and deviance. We will explore whether males are more aggressive than females and why teenagers are often seen to be behaving in a criminal or anti-social manner?  Lastly we will examine the digital social world; for example, the influence of Facebook and Twitter on modern society.

Entry requirements

You would normally be expected to have at least five GCSEs at grades A*-C (including English Language), some at grade B or above. Level 2 BTEC or OCR National qualifications (at Merit grade or higher) would be a useful addition but cannot be used instead of the basic GCSE requirement.


Both the A level and the stand-alone AS are assessed through examinations, there is no coursework.

Future opportunities

There will be a number of guest speakers and you will have the opportunity to join specialist Sociology conferences in London.  There will also be a visit to a courtroom to further your understanding of crime and deviance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portsmouth College directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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