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Sociology AS/A Level at Brooksbank School Sports College (The)

Course description

A Level Sociology is a practical and theoretical introduction to the study of social phenomena. This course will be particularly appealing to students who wish to forge a career involving the Social Sciences. The strength of the course is that it offers an extremely broad and firm foundation for a variety of possible careers. Sociology asks questions such as: Who am I? Does class matter? Are women equal with men? is the family dying out? Do schools work? How do you study society? Why do women commit less crime? Are men necessary?

Analysing, evaluating and critical thinking skills are developed throughout this course which provides a perfect springboard to a wide variety of career paths including law, journalism, management, business and teaching.

There are many opportunities for debate within Sociology and so it is suitable for students with an enquiring mind. Margaret Thatcher famously once said, "There is no such thing as society". However, others disagree. If this discussion interests you, then Sociology could be the right subject for you.

Course content


Unit 1: Families and Households. Relationship of family to social structure. Changing patterns in contemporary family, nature of childhood, changing family roles and demographic changes in the UK since 1900.

Unit 2: Education plus Sociological Methods. The role and purpose of education, differential achievement, relationships and processes in school, significance of educational policies. The application of sociological research methods to the study of education.


Unit 3: Mass Media. The relationship between ownership and control of the media, mass media, globalistion and popular culture. The new media and their significance for an understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society. The process of selection and presentation of the content of news, media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability. The relationship between  the mass media, media content and presentation and audiences.

Unit 4: Crime and Deviance plus Theory and Methods. Different theories of crime, social distribution of crime, globalisation and crime, crime control, prevention and punishment. Sociological study of suicide and the connection between theory and methods.

Entry requirements

In order to follow this level three course you must have at least five GCSE passes at A* - C or equivalent.

To study this course you must have:

  • grade C GCSE English Language
  • plus at least 4 other subjects at GCSE.

Please note, we also require students to continue to study GCSE Mathematics until a grade C is achieved.



Unit 1: Written paper 1 hour

Unit 2: Written paper 2 hours



Unit 3: Written paper 1 1/2 hours

Unit 4: Written paper 2 hours

Financial information

Sixth Form Bursary

The 16-19 Bursary Fund is available at Brooksbank School to help support those young people who face the greatest barriers in continuing their education to Post-16. All applications are welcome and must meet certain eligibility criteria, details of which can be found on the main school website.

Future opportunities

An A Level in Sociology provides an exceptional background for careers in law, journalism, the caring professions, teaching and a variety of management and business areas. You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses, which could lead you onto higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. However, if you are thinking of entering the job market, the many skills gained whilst studying this course are highly regarded by most employers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brooksbank School Sports College (The) directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years