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Sociology A Level at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of people in society. Sociology looks at how our identities and behaviour are shaped by society and by social groups such as our families, friends, schools and mass media. Sociology also tries to explain how and why society is changing, for example why divorce is much more common today than 40 years ago or why girls have overtaken boys in their performance in exams and entry to universities in the last 20 years. Studying sociology will give you a better understanding of the society you live in and the social influences shaping your life. Sociology encourages you to look at the social world in a critical way and to answer questions about the society based on evidence rather than just opinions. 

Course content

What will I study?

The Sociology A-Level covers 4 different topics:

1. Education with Research Methods

  • The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure
  • Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society
  • Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum and the organisation of teaching and learning
  • The significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.

2. Families and Households

  • The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies
  • Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course, including the sociology of personal life, and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures
  • Gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family in contemporary society
  • The nature of childhood and changes in the status of children in the family and society
  • Demographic trends in the United Kingdom since 1900: birth rates, death rates, family size, life expectancy, ageing population and migration and globalisation.

3. Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • Crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime
  • Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes
  • Crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies

4. Beliefs in Society

  • Ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions
  • The relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations
  • Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice
  • The relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices
  • The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context, and globalisation and the spread of religions.

Sociology extras

Sociology will include the opportunity for students to attend external lectures designed for A-level students to extend knowledge and understanding of what is studied in college. We also have a range of contacts that we will invite to talk to students.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 x 4s

4 in English and Maths

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:

6 in a humanities subject or English GCSE


* Please note that Level 2 vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 GCSE and only 1 will be counted towards the A-Level pathway entry requirements

Future opportunities

What can I do with Sociology after sixth form?

As a sound Humanities A-level course, sociology could lead on to further study in a range of subjects and be useful in a variety of careers. Many students could follow the course with a degree in Philosophy, sociology or Psychology, but there is always a huge diversity here. Students find the skills and knowledge gained from sociology useful in areas such as medicine, law, human resources, and journalism.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 28 September 2017
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