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Sociology A Level at Langley Park School for Boys

Course description

Sociology A Level explores the factors and influences that shape both groups and individuals within society. It helps explain social change, encourages political and social engagement with contemporary social issues, such as youth culture, crime and inequality, and requires being actively involved with social research and policy.

Course content

Unit 1:
a. Introducing Socialisation, Culture and Identity. This unit is a study of the formation of culture, the process of socialisation and the development of identity.
b. The Study of Youth Culture. This explores the development of youth culture, including different types of youth sub-cultures, such as gangs and criminal sub-cultures.

Unit 2:
a. Research Methods and Researching Social Inequalities. Students consider a range of research methods and apply knowledge of research methods to the particular context of social inequalities.
b. Understanding Social Inequalities. Students develop knowledge and understanding of contemporary patterns, trends and sociological theories of social inequality in relation to social class and gender.

Unit 3:
a. Globalisation and the Digital Social World. Students explore the relationship between globalisation and digital forms of communication.
b. Crime and Deviance. Students explore how crime is defined and measured, study crime trends as well as the sociological explanations for, and potential solutions to, such patterns.


Three equally weighted written examination papers, each of two hours.

Future opportunities

Sociology is very good preparation for university, where strong essay-writing skills are very important. Universities recognise that Sociology is a very good foundation in social and political knowledge. It is regarded as a demanding and rigorous A Level which combines well with any other combination of subjects. Sociology students go on to a wide range of jobs in Policing, Research, Teaching, Medicine, Business, Politics and the Civil Service, as well as taking jobs in the Service Sector. Graduates of Sociology have higher levels of employment than many other subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 15 May 2017
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