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Sociology A Level at South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College

Course description

Sociology is the study of society and the way that people interact within it. If you are interested in society how it influences daily living and hoe roles of different institutions to shape our behaviour then this will be the course for you.

Course content

What will I learn?

In AS and A Level Sociology we cover a variety of interesting modules:

Families and Households

Focuses on the roles and functions of the family and how this institution impacts on the rest of society. Investigating family diversity and how it is slowly impacting on the ‘traditional’ family and whether this has a positive or negative effect on society.

Education and Research

Asks the question 'Why do some children perform better than others at school?' To investigate this internal and external factors of education are investigated. The second part of this module is Research Methods and the focal point is to understand how sociologists carry out their sociological research. 

Beliefs in Society

Asks the questions ‘what role does religion have within society?’  In order to answer this question, a variety of sociological explanations are explored and factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and social class are investigated.   

Crime and Deviance, Theory and Research Methods

Examines crime and punishment from a variety of sociological explanations and questions who commits a crime and why. This module allows for an in-depth investigation of a variety of sociological perspectives and theories, e.g. Marxism, Functionalism and Feminism.

The basics...
  • Gain a different view and understanding of the world

  • Study the development, structure and functioning of human society

  • Have an interest in understanding current affairs and how they impact our daily lives 


In each qualification, you will either cover two or four modules and you will be externally tested at the end of the course with two or three formal examinations. Throughout your studies, you will develop key skills such as analysis and evaluation, the ability to construct an argument and articulate it in discussions and essays.

Future opportunities

Studying sociology at AS, A level and university can lead to a variety of different careers. These can include areas within the local government and civil service, criminal and probationary services, health and social care, education and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Hunsley School and Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017

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