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Sociology A Level at Keswick School

Course description

Sociology links well with English, religious studies, history, government and politics, geography, business studies, German and French. One of the purposes is to BROADEN your experience, and so it would also be appropriate to be taken in conjunction with science subjects as well.

You must be prepared to read, research and debate. An awareness of current social issues in GB and the world via television, newspapers and radio is very useful.

Course content

Unit 1 Education and research methods

  • What is the role of education?
  • educational differences by gender, ethnicity and class
  • processes in schools and relationships
  • changes in governments’ education policies

Unit 2 Families & households

  • different concepts of culture - mass, popular and global
  • identification models - age, gender, nationality and religion
  • family structure and social change - marriage, divorce and gender roles 
  • childhood and the status of children in society
  • demographic changes - birth and death
  • poverty and wealth distribution including social welfare

Unit 3 Mass media

  • relationship between ownership and control of the mass media
  • mass media, globalisation and popular culture
  • processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news
  • media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender and sexuality

Unit 4 Crime and deviance with research methods

  • different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • the social distribution of crime and deviance
  • globalisation and crime in contemporary society

Entry requirements

General entry requirement for advanced level applies to this subject. GCSE English language at grade 4.


Papers 1, 2 & 3: three written examinations of 120 minutes each. Worth 33.3% respectively of the final A level marks.

Future opportunities

Choosing sociology at this stage need have few specific career implications. However, its analytical skills including presenting ideas cogently are crucial to most areas of work including journalism, law, social welfare and the humanities.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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