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Sociology at Framwellgate School

Course description

Why Study Sociology?

‘Sociology lifts the lid on the ordinary and extraordinary, digs around in the hidden meanings and contexts of our lives, and shows that what we take for granted rests on complex and dynamic social processes’. (Tony Bilton et al 1996)

Sociologists study people in society. Put simply, Sociology is the attempt to understand how society works. It provides description and analysis of the patterns and structures in human relationships, and it encourages us to see the world through the eyes of other people. The need to understand the society in which we live is a pressing one. We all have a personal stake in this as we try to make sense of our own lives, as well as a wider responsibility to contribute to public debates about the way our society is organised and how it relates to other societies. Sociology helps us to do this.

People who study Sociology gain a range of valuable and transferable skills such as the ability to work in collaboration with others as well as working effectively without close supervision. Students also learn how to extract information from a variety of sources and turn this into an argument. These skills along with insights into the workings of society are sought after by many employers, in a wide variety of careers such as education, politics, police, law, health service and social research to name but a few.

Features of the Course:

The course will include the study of the family and the education system in Year 12 alongside a study of the research methods that sociologists employ. Year 13 will focus on crime and deviance and beliefs in society.

All students are provided with access to online support and extra resources to support their learning. There will be a range of extra-curricular opportunities that will be determined and organised by those on the course that may include a visit to Durham Prison and a Sociology conference.


Modules covered in Year 12:

Sociology of Education

Sociological Theory and Methods

Topics in Sociology: Family

Assessment in Year 12:

Examinations: At the end of Year 12 there is an option to sit two papers which constitute the AS (both 1hr 30mins) but this cannot be carried over to form the A2 accreditation; it is a stand-alone qualification.

Coursework: None


Modules covered in Year 13:

Crime and Deviance

Theory and Methods

Beliefs in Society

Assessment in Year 13:

Examinations: 1 x 2hr exam, 2 x 1hr 30min exams

Coursework: None


Entry requirements

In order to enrol on sixth form courses, applicants will need to have achieved:

  • 5 A* to C Grades in separate subjects and in addition
  • Grade B or above in GCSE English Literature or Language

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September