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Sociology A Level at Blenheim High School

Course description

The purposes of this course are that you:

  • Come to understand how society is currently functioning and how it is changing.
  • Learn new concepts and theories that help you gain a deeper understanding of social life.
  • Test and evaluate the way Sociologists gather their data.
  • Come to be able to understand you own identity, roles and responsibilities within society.
  • Continue to be interested in social issues for the rest of your life.

You will study the following content:

  • Education – different types of schools, how they are run, who underachieves and why, how politics affects schools, students and teachers.
  • Families and households – different types of family, how the family structure is changing and why this is, what impact this is having on individuals and society, what ‘family life’ is like for women, men and children.
  • The Media – developments in new / social media and their impact on our way of life, who owns the media and why this is important, who decides what is ‘news’, what impact the media has on audiences, and how gender, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality and disability are presented in the media.
  • Crime and Deviance – different explanations of why people commit crimes, patterns of gender, ethnicity and class in crime, how crime is presented in the media, social forms of control, prevention and punishment measures, the criminal justice system.
  • Theory – consensus, conflict, structural, social action, interpretivist, feminist and postmodernist theories, questions about the nature of Sociology: is it a science? Should it influence the law? Can it be value-free?

Methods – How sociologists gather their data: which methods and samples they use and how they choose which of these is best.


This A level course is formally assessed at the end of two years with three 2-hour exams.

Future opportunities

Your learning will be enhanced by making use of our recommendation list of powerful documentaries and films, and also by keeping up to date with current affairs and news programmes throughout your course. Through the department you also have the chance to subscribe to ‘Sociology Review’, a quarterly magazine full of cutting edge sociological research. We also organise trips, for example to Criminology Conferences, and have had speakers visit the school, such as magistrates and feminists.

Further information

The skills and independence you will develop during your Sociology A level are highly valued in both the workplace and higher education. Popular career paths for sociology students include teaching, police, social work, youth work, probation work, marketing, journalism, human resources management and counselling. Nurses and other health professionals often study Sociology as part of their training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Blenheim High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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Key information

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