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Sociology - AS/A2 at Lyng Hall a trust school and specialist sports college

Course description

Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human behaviour in society and focuses on the prominent issues which affect its members.

Course content

Sociology is the study of people in society and how the structure of society influences the individual's perception, interactions and life chances.

Module 1 and 2 are studied in the first year.

Module 1—Families and households

The family, social structure and social change. The functions of the family. The family, morality and state policy. Demographic change trends and family life. Marriage, divorce and family diversity. Power and control in the family. The  nature of the family.

Module 2—Education and Sociological Methods

The role of education in society. Class and educational achievement Ethnicity and educational achievement, Gender and educational achievement. Relationships and processes in schools. Social policy and education. Sociological methods—focusing on how research in sociology is conducted.

Module 3 and 4 are studied in the second year, if they are successful in their first.

Module 3—Mass Media

Trends in ownership and control of the mass media. New media, globalization and popular culture. The selection and presentation of news and moral parties. The mass media and audiences. Representations of the body, gender, sexuality and disability. Representations of ethnicity, age and social class.

Module 4—Crime, deviance and sociological methods.

Deviance and control theories. Strain and subcultural theories. Critical criminology's. Labelling theory. Patterns of crime. Environmental approaches: the criminology of place and time.  Gender issues and offending. Occupational, corporate and environmental crime. Ethnicity and crime, The criminal justice: prevention, policy and punishment. Suicide. Sociological methods provides a detailed overview of the range of ways in which data can be collected and used in sociological research.


Entry requirements

B Grade at GCSE English

C Grade at GCSE Maths



By 4 examinations

Future opportunities

Where could Sociology take me?

Sociology can be studied at degree level and is often combined with Psychology and Criminology Sociologists often collect research on behalf of the government.


Further information

For further information please contact:

Miss S Faulconbridge,  Lead Sociology Teacher


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lyng Hall a trust school and specialist sports college directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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