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Sociology A level at Highworth Grammar School

Course description

Sociologists use theories and research to explain the everyday social experiences that shape and influence our lives. Studying Sociology will give you an understanding of the societies in which we live, study and work.

Course content

Topic 1: Education and Sociological Methods: The study of our educational system; role and function; reasons for variation in outcome by class, gender, and ethnicity; relationships in schools; pupil identity and subcultures; the significance of educational policies.
Topic 2: Topics in Sociology: Culture and Identity:  Sociological study of culture and identity; subcultures, mass culture, popular culture; the socialisation process and agencies of socialisation; the self, identity and difference as both caused and socially constructed; the relationship of identity to age, disability, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class; the relationship of identity to production, consumption and globalisation.
Topic 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods:  The study of the sociological perspectives; differences in crime and deviance owing to gender, age, class, ethnicity and location; global crime; human rights and state crimes, crime control, prevention and punishment and the role of the criminal justice system and the sociological explanations for suicide. Students also study key debates in Sociology such as:  Are we living in a postmodern world? Is Sociology a science? Is Sociology value-free?
Topic 4: The Relationship between Rich and Poor Nations in the World: The study of the sociological perspectives and arguments of: the concept of development; globalisation; aid and trade; the role of transnational corporations, aid agencies and international agencies; development in relation to: war and conflict, the environment, industrialisation, education, health, gender, population change.

Entry requirements

English Grade 6 or equivalent Humanity subject as Sociology is an essay based A Level.
You should be prepared to read articles and textbooks to study this course.


Paper One: Education and Theory and Methods (2 hours)
Paper Two: Topics in Sociology: Culture and Identity and Global Development (2 hours)
Paper Three: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2 hours)
There is no coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Highworth Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 15 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September