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Sociology A level at Stratford upon Avon School

Course description

You will be taught in one of the most inspiring Sociology departments in the country. Our teaching staff have outstanding knowledge and understanding of existing and emerging social problems and theoretical approaches integral to Sociology which they skilfully apply to the course. We strongly value the importance of learning beyond the classroom. Our department offers you the unique opportunity to experience the Karl Marx Walking Tour in Central London where you can immerse yourself in the remarkable tales of this influential figure in Sociology. Our lessons are hands-on. One of our specialities is developing your ability to investigate, evaluate and communicate empirical information. We also place strong emphasis on developing motivation and team work skills. These skills are in high demand by universities and employers and we are very proud to be the department that offers youngsters the platform to build, through their Sociology studies, these essential transferable skills. We live in a diverse, dynamic and constantly changing world. Our department is without a doubt the best place to develop your sociological imagination; the special ways of identifying, describing and evaluating the nature of social life and what makes us who we are. Studying Sociology in our department is truly transformative. Once your sociological imagination has been developed, you will never see the world in the same way again.

Course content

This specification consists of four main topics: 1. Education with Theory and Methods: you will study differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society. You will assess the significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome. You will explore the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research. You will debate the nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific. 2. Families and Households: you will study 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. You will debate gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family in contemporary society. 3. The Media: you will explore the media, globalisation and popular culture. You will research media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability. 4. Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: you will study the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime. You will explore crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

Entry requirements

Level 4 in English Language.


As well as ongoing formal half term assessments, you will be regularly set a variety of practice exam questions which will be completed both in class and as homework. Teacher, self and peer-assessment will be used throughout by means of exam board mark schemes coupled with the expertise of teaching staff.

Future opportunities

A level Sociology can lead to a host of exciting future prospects. Many of our students go on to study Sociology at university either as a standalone subject or it can be combined with various other subjects including Law, Politics, Anthropology and Criminology. Job opportunities include: Social Worker, Lawyer, Prison Officer, Police Officer, Welfare Officer, Counsellor, Politician, Youth & Community Worker and even Business & Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Stratford upon Avon School directly.

Last updated date: 11 January 2018
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