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Sociology A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

Students will learn the fundamentals of sociology, studying people of society and their behaviour. Students will study various sociologists who have created theories to explain human behaviour and the workings of society. The theories are explanations of the patterns we find in society for example; we may have a theory as to why there are differences in girls’ and boys’ achievement levels in school.

Studying sociology will enable students to discuss social issues in a more informed and systematic way and it will help them to make sense of their own and other people’s experiences. These skills students develop will enable them to think logically about the world. Additionally students will also develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Course content

A level paper 1: Education and methods in context

Year 1: Family Year 1

  • Class differences in achievement – internal and external factors
  • Ethnic differences in achievement
  • Gender differences in achievement  
  • The role of education in society  
  • Educational policy and inequality

Year 2: Research methods

  • Various research methods to investigate education – experiments, questionnaires, interviews, observation and secondary sources
  • Education – the research context 

A level paper 3: Crime and Deviance and theory and methods

Year 2: Crime 

  • Theories of crime
  • Class, power and crime
  • Gender, crime and justice
  • Ethnicity, crime and justice
  • Crime and the media
  • Globalisation, green crime, human rights and state crime
  • Control, punishment and victims

Year 2: Theory and methods 

  • Methods – qualitative and quantitative research methods  
  • Theories - Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism and Action
  • Sociology as a science  
  • Objectivity and values in sociology     
  • Globalisation, modernity and postmodernity


Entry requirements

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).


Paper 1: Education with methods in context 2 hours 80 marks

  • Education: Short answers and extended writing 
  • Methods in context: Extended writing

Paper 2: Families and households and Beliefs in Society 2 hours 80 marks

  • Families and Households: Extended writing 
  • Beliefs in Society: Extended writing

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods 2 hours 80 marks

  • Crime and Deviance: Short answers and extended writing 
  • Theory and methods: Extended writing


Future opportunities

Sociology is designed to prepare students for a whole range of further study and occupations. Sociology students often progress into careers such as public sector welfare work for example the probation service or social work, work in human resources and teaching. Sociology as an A level is compatible with subjects such as English, Government and Politics, History and other essay based subjects. This is because it allows students to practice their essay writing skills and use knowledge from other subjects to build upon their own.

Further information

  • You would find it useful to start reading newspapers, watching the news and researching some key contemporary issues within our current society. These do not have to be directly related to the topics we are studying but could be used in addition to demonstrate breadth of knowledge using relevant and current sources. These can be incorporated into different aspects of the sociology course throughout both years.
  • You could also look at some books that provide you with an introduction to sociology. This will allow you to obtain a foundation of knowledge that can be developed when you begin the course at the start of year 12.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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