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Sociology GCE AS Level (Cheadle Campus) at Cheadle & Marple Sixth Form College

Course description

Sociology involves the study of individuals and their relationship to society. It examines how individuals’ identities are influenced by families, peer groups, education, the media and belief systems. Sociology also explores why people behave in different ways. For example, why some people commit crime and others do not.

Course content

AS Level (year one) Unit One You will study families and households, including changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, divorce and childbearing. You will consider issues such as changing gender roles, the nature of childhood, birth and death rates and family size. Unit Two You will study education in contemporary society, considering the significance of social class, gender and ethnicity in education; relationships and processes within schools; and the impact of different educational policies. Within this unit you will also look at sociological research methods. A Level (year two) Unit Three You will study beliefs in society, including the role of religion. This will include the relationship between religious belief and social change, the role of religious organizations and the significance of religion in the modern world. Unit Four You will study crime and deviance, looking at different theories of crime, deviance and social control; crime prevention and control; different types of crime (human rights abuses, green crime); and the sociological study of suicide. In this unit you will examine the connections between sociological theory and methods and the study of crime and deviance.

Entry requirements

No prior knowledge of Sociology is required for either of these options.


Unit 1 – 1 hour exam.  One five part question.

Unit 2 – 2 hours exam. (a) One question on education.  (b) One question on sociological methods linked to education. (c) One question on free-standing sociological research methods.

Unit 3 -1 hour 30 minutes exam.  One compulsory question and one essay question from a choice of two.

Unit 4 – 2 hours exam. (a) One question on crime and deviance.  (b) One question on sociological methods linked to crime and deviance. (c) One essay question on sociological theory and research methods.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year