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Sociology A Level at Monkseaton High School

Course description

Within the Education and Methods unit you will undertake the study of Education and how it has changed. You will also examine why some social groups such as girls and the middle class do better than others within education. As part of this unit, you will also study the research methods s ociologists use and the strengths and limitations of such techniques.

As part of the Families and Households topic you will learn about trends within family life in the UK, such as marriage and divorce rates. You will explore different theoretical perspectives on the Family such as Marxism and Feminism and will discuss the emergence of childhood.

In year 13, as part of Beliefs in Society, you will look at the place religion and science takes within society. You will discuss whether religion prevents or causes social change and examine religion in the postmodern age, thinking about the emergence of sects and cults and the extent of secularisation.

Finally, the Crime and Deviance unit allows you to explore patterns in crime, ethnicity, gender, social class as well as reducing crime, punishment and the role of the criminal justice system. Research methods will be revisited here and developed further.

Key Skills

  • Independent study skills to consolidate learning
  • Communication skills, including ICT
  • Problem solving skills
  • Analysis, Interpretation and Evaluation
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • Ability to work with others

Entry requirements

Students must have 5 GCSE grades A*-C/9-5 or above, including English.


Two papers at the end of year 12 will make up an independent AS qualification. Both are 90 minutes.

Three papers will be taken at the end of y13. All are 2 hours long.

These exams are made up of a variety of multiple choice, short and extended writing answers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years