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Sociology A Level (AS/A2) at The Bicester School

Course description


Unit 1- Exploring Socialisation, Culture and Identity

In this unit you will look at how cultures are formed, and how they change over time. These include:

  • High culture, popular culture and cultural diversity.
  • The process of socialisation, which includes the nature versus nurture debate, feral children, primary and secondary socialisation.
  • How agents of socialisation shape our identities. These include the family, mass media, religion and education.
  • The creation and reinforcement of gender, class and ethnic identities.

Unit 2 – Youth Subcultures

In this section you will study:

  • The socialisation process and identity within peer groups.
  • Youth subcultures and roles in society.
  • How and why youth subcultures are formed
  • Consider theoretical views such as Marxism, Feminism and Post‐Modernism.
  • Subcultures in relation to class, gender and ethnicity hybridity.
  • Why young people participate in deviant subcultures, including spectator youth, gangs, anti‐school and delinquent subcultures.  

Unit 3:  Research Methods

In this section you will study:

  • A range of methods and sources of data and the factors influencing the design of sociological research
  • The relationship between theory and methods
  • The practical, ethical and theoretical issues arising in sociological research

Unit 4: Understanding social inequalities

In this section you will study:

  • Examine patterns and trends in social inequality in relation to social class and gender
  • Investigate the main sociological explanations


All knowledge and skills acquired at AS will be assessed again at the end of A Level. Additional content will include: Social inequality and difference as shown in ethnicity and age.

Unit 1: Globalisation and the Digital Social World

  • Factors affecting social change in the modern world
  • The relationship between globalisation and digital forms of communication, including social media, convergence and the digital revolution.
  • The impact of digital forms of communication on individual identity, social inequality and culture.

Unit 2: Crime and Deviance

  • A detailed study of crime and deviance
  • The social construction of crime and deviance
  • Patterns and trends of crime and deviance in a global setting
  • Social distribution of offending and victimisation, in terms of class, gender and age 
  • Theoretical explanations of crime and deviance
  • Solutions to the problem of crime and deviance

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*‐C in GCSE, including English, preferably at a grade B or above. A GCSE in Sociology is useful, but not necessary.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 April 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years