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Sociology A-level at Dixons Allerton Academy

Course description

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state. Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyses and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. At the personal level, sociology investigates the social causes and consequences of such things as romantic love, racial and gender identity, family conflict, and religious faith. At the societal level, sociology examines and explains matters like crime and law, schools and education, and social movements. At the global level, sociology studies such phenomena as population growth and migration, war and peace, and economic development.

Students who have been well trained in sociology know how to think critically about human social life, and how to ask important research questions. They know how to design social research projects, carefully collect and analyse empirical data, and formulate and present their research findings. Most generally, they have learned how to think, evaluate, and communicate clearly, creatively, and effectively. These are all abilities of tremendous value in a wide variety of vocational callings and professions.

Course content

Education with Research Methods:

The function of the education

  • Why different social groups do better in the education
  • system- class, gender and ethnicity.
  • The relationships within schools between teachers and
  • pupils and pupil subcultures.
  • Research methods: questionnaires, interviews and
  • observations.

Families and Households:

The functions of the family

  • The changing patterns of the family- the rise of divorce, cohabitation and family diversity
  • Are roles within families equal- domestic violence, housework and decision making
  • How is childhood changing? Is it improving? Is it disappearing?


  • The increase in sects and cults and New Age movements
  •  Why are some groups more religious than others- age, gender and ethnicity
  •  Is religion increasing or decreasing in contemporary society

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods:

  • What is crime and how is it defined?
  • Why are certain groups more likely to commit crime- class,
  • age, gender and ethnicity?
  • What is meant by green crime and human rights crime, and
  • why does it occur?
  • Who is likely to be a victim of crime and how do we punish
  • offenders?
  • Is sociology a science?
  • How does sociology link to social policy?

Entry requirements

English grade 6


No coursework.
Paper 1: Education with theory and methods 2 hours
Paper 2: Topics in sociology (families and beliefs) 2 hours
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 2 hours

Future opportunities

Careers and Opportunities for Further Study

Studying sociology will open doors for further study, but direct employment opportunities could include; teaching, working in the criminal justice system (probation, youth offending, prisons), social services, researchers for government bodies and corporations, media (journalism) and child services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dixons Allerton Academy directly.

Last updated date: 26 October 2017
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