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Sociology A Level at The Thomas Hardye School

Course description

Sociology is the study of human society. It analyses institutions such as the family, the education system and the role of religion in society. It observes the day to day experiences of people in groups, for example workers, gangs and students. It charts trends which may help us understand modern life, for example changes in the family, changing patterns of crime, changes in religious belief and church attendance. Students will learn about different sociological theories and the research methods needed to study society. They will also investigate the structures and cultures of different societies and consider cross-cultural and historical differences.

Course content


Students will study units on education with research methods and families and households. They will consider issues such; as how class, gender and ethnicity impact educational attainment. The role of education in society and the impact of government policies on education. They will explore the reasons for changing patterns of marriage, divorce, cohabitation and parenthood. Students also study the different methods sociologists use to collect information about society.


Students study units on belief in society and crime and deviance with theory and methods. They will consider issues such as; the relationship between religious beliefs and social change, and the nature and extent of secularisation. They will look at different theories of crime, deviance, social order and control. Globalisation, green crime, state crime and human rights. Students will also consider the nature of science, and debates about objectivity and value freedom.


There are three exams, each 2 hours long. The exams include questions that require extended writing using an essay-style format.

Future opportunities

Many sociology graduates take up business management, marketing and advertising positions. Sociology graduates carry out research in many areas such as for charities, civil service, local authorities, and universities. National and local governments use sociologists to look at the effects of new legislation and the impact of government activity. Sociology is also useful for to careers in teaching, social work, the police force, nursing, probation, and journalism. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2017
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