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Sociology A level at East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Course description

Studying Sociology gives you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the world around you and to reflect on social issues that that relate to you.

Sociology studies society, how it is changing and how it can be improved. It examines the ways we learn to fit in into society and what happens if we don’t! Sociologists are interested in the experience of different social groups related to gender, ethnicity, social class and age and how these factors may be related to issues of both identity and inequality.

There are lots of different sociological explanations for these matters and you will get the chance to think about which ones make most sense to you. You will also learn about the research methods that sociologists use. Bringing your own experience of society to your studies is an important way of developing your understanding.

Course content

In the first year you will learn about key sociological ideas, theories and methods. You will also study the following topic in detail:

Youth subcultures

Why do young people participate in deviant subcultures? Within this topic you will consider the varying types of deviant subcultures from delinquent to spectacular, patterns and trends in youth deviance and sociological explanations for participation in deviant subcultures.

In year 2 you will develop your knowledge and look more widely at global aspects and the digital social world. You will also study the following topic in detail:

Crime and deviance

For this topic you will consider how crime and deviance are measured in society and what the patterns are regarding social characteristics such and gender and crime. Along with this you will gain an understanding of how crime and deviance can be sociologically explained and how it can be reduced by considering policies relating to crime prevention, punishment and control.

  • Introducing socialisation, culture and identity
  • These themes are developed through studying Youth Subcultures
  • Research methods and researching social inequalities
  • Understanding social inequalities
  • Globalisation and the digital social world
  • Debates explored through a detailed study of Crime and Deviance

Entry requirements

Grade C in GCSE English Language and a willingness to think critically about social issues. Average GCSE score of 5.00 or higher.


Awarding Body - OCR

For AS there are two written exams taken at the end of the academic year. For the linear A-level there are three written exams taken at the end of the second year.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact East Norfolk Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 07 September 2016

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