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AS/A2 Level 3: Sociology at Wigston College

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Course content


In this topic, we will discover the role of education within our society including differences in attainment of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity. We will also consider the functions of the education system as well as relationships and processes within schools.

Families and Households

In this topic, we will explore the changing nature of the family, such as marriage, divorce and childhood. We will investigate how the different sociological perspectives view these changes. We will also look at demographic trends in the UK since 1900.

Mass Media

In this topic, we will consider the role that the mass media play in today’s society. We will explore the positive and negative aspects of the media, including issues of consumer choice and control.

Crime and Deviance

In this topic, we will look at the way in which crime is reported in society. We will discuss whether we are living in a crime wave or whether less crime is now being committed. We will also consider who really commits crime by looking at recent patterns and trends in relation to ethnicity, gender and social class.

Theory and Methods

In these topic areas, we will discuss the use of different research methods sociologists use to investigate social phenomena. We also examine the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method and the conduct of research.



Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 in English Language/Literature  and C in Science

Students will need at least 6 grade A*-C GCSEs 



AS Sociology Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context. 1 hour 30 minute exam paper (50% of AS level). Paper 2: Research Methods and Families & Households. 1 hour 30 minute exam paper (50% of AS level).

A-Level Sociology Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods. Two hour exam paper (33.3% of A- level). Paper 2: Families & Households and Media. Two hour exam paper (33.3% of A- level). Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. Two hour exam paper (33.3% of A- level).

Financial information

Leicestershire Post 16 Bursary

Students are able to apply to us for support to overcome any barriers to learning.

Future opportunities


There are many jobs which have an aspect of Sociology involved in them; these include Social Work and Teaching. This qualification will enable you to learn about and look at the world in which you live in a different way.


Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact us via email at, tel 0116 288 1611 and view our

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: 10 September 2018
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Key information

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