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Sociology A Level at Orleans Park

Course description

This course will appeal to students who:

  • Are curious about understanding the way society is structured and who are the winners and losers
  • Enjoy discussing real life situations and applying theories to help explain them
  • Interested in inequality and diversity and social change
  • Enjoy conducting and analysing research in a scientific manner
  • Have an enquiring mind

Course content

Sociology is a social science which helps us make sense of the way in which society works. Those who study sociology will become adept in understanding and analysing sociological issues and devising potential solutions and improvements, perhaps by addressing social inequalities relating to factors such as class, gender, race and poverty. We look at the dynamics and changes in family life - from the good to the bad. We unpick the problems within the structure of our education system and we look at trends and patterns in crime and what makes an act deviant to society but legally acceptable - and vice versa.

Entry requirements

GCSE English and Maths minimum Grade 5


There are three, 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13:

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

  • the role and functions of the education system, economy and class structure
  • differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity
  • relationships and processes within schools and education policies
  • Research Methods and Theories in Sociology and applying these methods to Sociological issues

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology

Families and Households

  • the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change
  • changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and childbearing
  • gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family & the nature of childhood

Stratification and Differentiation

  • stratification and differentiation by social class, gender, ethnicity and age
  • dimensions of inequality: class, status and power and social mobility

Paper 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
  • globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green & state crime; human rights
  • crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system

Future opportunities

Many students study Sociology in Higher Education and go on to work in careers such as: Politics; Healthcare; Education; Police; Therapy; Planning and Policy; Community and Volunteering; Social Work; Equality and Diversity; Youth Work; Public Services; Law; Business; Marketing and many more.

Further information

Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2019 open on Monday 1 October 2018 and close on Friday 11 January 2019. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.

Entry Requirements for September 2019:

6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.

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: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: AQA

Contact details


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    • DIRECTIONS FROM A316 Leave the A316 at the St Margarets Roundabout. Join the A3004 (St Margarets Road). Pass St Margarets station on the right. Turn right onto Crown Road (A3004) Turn right onto Richmond Road (A305). Orleans Park is located on the left hand side. BY TRAIN Twickenham is served by trains from London Waterloo, Clapham Junction, Richmond, Ascot & Reading. BY BUS Services 33, 490, H22, R68 & R70 all stop outside the school on Richmond Road.