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Sociology AS/A level at Highbury Fields School

Course description

Sociology is the study of contemporary society. The course covers trends and patterns in family, education, crime and religion. Students learn to understand and interpret social changes through the theoretical perspectives of Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism and Post Modernism. The course also has a strong focus on understanding the strengths and weaknesses of different research methods.


‘One of the key places where sociology should be used is in analysing 'the world' of our times, so that we can be more discerning. To resist the dangers of the world, you have to recognize the distortions and seductions of the world.’ Os Guinness

Course content

·         GCE Sociology is taught in six lessons per week by a subject specialist. 

·         An exam based essay is set for homework each week. 

·         Students practice partial and full exam papers in timed conditions over the course of both years.

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs at grade C or above, including Mathematics, and a minimum grade B in English Language.


Final assessment is 100% examination.

The following AS and A2 modules are examined at the end of Year 12 and Year 13 respectively.

Year 12

Family and households

•             Functionalist and Marxist views of the family

•             Interpreting family diversity

•             Gender roles in the home

•             The changing nature of childhood


•             Functionalist and Marxist views of education

•             The history of education

•             Interpreting attainment patterns of different social groups

Research methods

•             Advantages and disadvantges of different research methods

•             Reliabilitym, representativeness and validity

•             Conducting research in the educational context

Year 13

Beliefs in society

•             Functionalist, Marxist, Post Modernist and feminist views of religion

•             Religion and social change

•             The secularisation debate

•             A global perspective

Crime and deviance

•             Functionalist, Marxist and feminist views of crime

•             Left and Right realist approaches to crime prevention

•             Different patterns of and reasons for offending by class, age, ethnicity and gender

•             Researching the criminal justice system

Future opportunities

The emphasis on research methods in sociology will develop your critical and analytical skills and so is a very useful entry qualification for a wide range of careers such as the law, police work, forensics, politics, education, the media, social research or journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016
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