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Sociology A Level at Twynham School

Course description

Sociology is about the study of people living together in social groups ranging in size from the family to the nation state. It analyses human behaviour by identifying patterns within social groups and explaining the factors which shape them.

Sociologists study the effect that living in advanced industrial society has on people’s lifestyles and social attitudes, analysing those structures in which they operate in their day-to-day lives.

This course is designed to:

  • Develop an awareness of cultural diversity, including national and regional differences
  • Focus on social differences in contemporary society (class, gender and ethnicity)
  • Apply knowledge and understanding of sociology to everyday life

Course Content


Module 1 The Family – this module examines the role of the family in keeping society functional.

Module 2a Education – study of the education system, reasons for underachievement in schools and debates about the role of education.

Module 2b Research Methods – study of sociological methods, their strengths and weaknesses and debates about the influence of science in Sociology.

A Level 

Module 1; 2a and 2b above as well as:
Module 3 Media – understanding the role of the media in contemporary society.

Module 4 Crime and Deviance – study of crime figures and media images of criminals, the social causes of crime and discussions about appropriate responses to it.

Entry requirements

Essential Entry Requirements:

  • A minimum of 4 ‘B’ grades and 2 ‘C’ grades to include C or above in English and Mathematics

Preferred Entry Requirements:

  • Grade B in English

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years