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Sociology A level at George Stephenson High School

Course description

Sociology is the study of society and looks at how human behaviour is influenced by different social institutions. It is about understanding why people do as they do and considers how society has changed and the impact of such changes on human behaviour and thought. What will I learn?

Course content

In Year 1, students will cover 3 topics: Families and Households, Education and Methods. As part of the Families and Households, you will learn about the trends within family life in the UK, different theoretical perspectives on the Family and about the emergence of childhood. Within the Education module, you will undertake the study of Education and how it is has changed. You will also examine why some social groups do better than others within education. You will study research methods sociologists use and the strengths and limitations of such techniques.

In Year 2, students will study 3 topics again. They are Crime and Deviance, Sociological Theories and either Beliefs in Society (at George Stephenson High School) or Global Development (at Seaton Burn). Within the Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods unit, you will learn about theories relating to which social groups are most likely to commit crimes and examine media representations of crime. You will also learn more about sociological theories and evaluate their significance for the study of society today and consider questions such as ‘Is Sociology a science?’ and ‘Can sociological research ever be value free?’

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A* to C including English.


Students will sit 3 exams which comprise of a series of short and longer, essay style questions. The exams are 2 hours long each and are of equal weighting.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact George Stephenson High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 February 2017

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