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Sociology AS/A2 at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

Sociology is a new and exciting course, which is very relevant to understanding today’s rapidly changing society.  For example, why have family structures changed, why have more people begun to live on their own, why are more women now in paid employment, why have divorce rates continued to rise?


Course content

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society and the way that it shapes people’s behaviour, beliefs, and identity.  Ultimately it enables us to understand ourselves.  The way that we think, behave and feel, and our sense of identity, is produced by society, to some extent.  Sociology can enable us to understand and explain the world we live in and our situation in it.

Topics covered:

There are four main areas of study for the A Level course: -  Education, Families and Households, The Media and Crime and Deviance. Theories and methods are also taught across the topics.


The families and households course looks at the changing structure of families and households in Britain today; changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, divorce and child bearing.  Changes within the family, gender roles, domestic labour and changes in the status of children and childhood. 


The education unit looks at the role of education and the impact this has on the individual and its role in society; the explanations for different educational achievement; relationships within schools, pupil subcultures and the hidden curriculum; the impact of state policies on educational experience.


The media unit focuses on the role of the media in contemporary society; the ownership and control of the media; media, globalisation and popular culture; media representations of different social groups and relationships between media and their audiences.


The crime and deviance unit focuses on patterns in crime and deviance; the reasons why people commit crimes; the ways in which crime is recorded; the explanations for different levels of crime within social groups.


A Level Outline                       

The A Level course includes 3 examined units in Year 13.  These comprise, Education and Research Methods, Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and The Media), and Crime and Deviance with Methods.


Entry requirements

Grade B in History if studied or English and Grade B in Maths


Module 1                                                       Module 2                      Module 3

Education, Theory and Methods         Family and The Media    Crime and Deviance, Theory and Methods

33.3% of A Level                                         33.3% of A Level           33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

Suggested career paths include:

Community services, personnel management, probation service, marketing, politics, social work and welfare, law, journalism, civil service, police force, teaching and lecturing, social research, youth work.

Further information

Skills developed:

  • Critical evaluation
  • Negotiating
  • Report writing
  • An understanding of the different aspects that make up the society we live in
  • Clear and logical thinking
  • Designing research tasks
  • Data analysis
  • An awareness of our role in society

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: AQA