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A Level Sociology at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

Make a fresh start, try something new! Sociology offers you the opportunity to understand the world you live in.

A set of fascinating units including the study of Crime and Deviance, Beliefs, Education and Families and Households will inspire you to question your views and develop your understanding of the way we live and why.

Course content

Education with Theory and Methods

  •  The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy.
  •  Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society.
  •  Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships.
  •  The significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.

Crime and Deviance

  •  Crime, deviance, social order and social control
  •  The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime
  •  Globalisation and crime; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes
  •  Crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

Theory and Methods

  •  In-depth study of the methods used by sociologists in the course of their research, their relationship to sociological theories; analysis and evaluation of application and usefulness.

Families and Households

  •  The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies.
  •  Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course, including the sociology of personal life.
  •  Gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family, the nature of childhood.
  •  Demographic trends in the United Kingdom since 1900: birth rates, death rates, family size, life expectancy, ageing population, and migration and globalisation.



Paper 1 Education, Theory and Methods
Each paper takes 2 hours

Paper 2 Topics in Sociology
They are each worth one third of the course

Paper 3 Crime and Deviance, Theory and Methods
Papers include short answers and extended writing

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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