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Sociology AS level at Notre Dame Catholic College

Course description

Sociology is the study of societies and how people behave within these societies.  Sociology aims to explain some of the problems that exist in society, such as crime, discrimination, family breakdown and low school achievement. This course is for anybody who has a critical mind.  If you always question why certain things exist in our society, Sociology will probably have many answers.  As an academic subject it is an ideal qualification for anybody wishing to become a social worker, journalist, politician, police officer or to work within the criminal justice system.

Course content

AS Module One: Families and Households We look at the functions of the family in this module.  We learn about the nature of childhood, marriage, divorce and morality.  We also look at power and control in the family. AS Module Two: Education and Methods Do some children fail at school because they are less intelligent or inadequately brought up, or because of discrimination within schools? We learn about the role of education in society, and look at how gender, class and ethnicity affect educational achievement. We also study the methods used by sociologists to carry out research, including methods of research, sources of data and the relationship between theory and methods.


Both the AS and the A2 year are assessed through two modular exams which are available in January and May each year.  There is no coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Notre Dame Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 10 July 2015

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