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Sociology A Level at Thomas Gainsborough School

Course description

Paper 1: Topics
Culture and Identity

You will learn how culture and subcultures have shaped the nature of society. The course also examines how identify related to socialization, how the self is seen in terms of disability, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class.   You will also consider the effects of leisure and consumption upon identity.

Global Development

This unit is focused on the globalisation of culture and the development of societies within the global community.  You will examine different theories of development, underdevelopment and global inequality.

Paper 2: Education with theory and research methods

You will learn about the role of the education system and why certain groups do better or worse than each other in terms of performance. You will examine some of the hidden processes than go on in the classroom concerning roles: regulating behaviour and teacher student relationships.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with theory and methods

Throughout this unit of the course you will examine different sociological explanations of the social distribution of crime between social class, gender, ethnicity and age.  You will look at crime control, prevention, punishment and the role of the criminal justice system.

Entry requirements

Students require a Grade 4 in English and Maths. Reading and informal discussion are an essential part of the course.


Written examination: Three papers of 2 hours each.

Future opportunities

Sociology is a discipline widely studied at University and post-graduate level. After completing a Sociology degree, you can go on to careers in fields such as law, criminology, social services, teaching and social research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Gainsborough School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2017
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