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SOCIOLOGY at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

Sociology is the study of how social forces shape and mould human behaviour, usually without our consent or acknowledgement. It’s an ever-changing subject area that makes you question how the world works and often shines the spotlight on many different forms of inequality that exist in our world today

Course content

Unit 1 – Education with Theory and Methods

The education section studies the role of education in today’s society from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Students will also study how the education system has evolved from its origin to its present state, and the factors that affect differences in educational achievement between different social groups.

The second part of the unit focusses on a range of research methods and sociological theory. First of all, students will explore a wide variety of research methods used by modern sociologists, for example, quantitative and qualitative methods and different sources of data. Additionally, students will study the practical and ethical considerations a practising sociologist must take into account when conducting academic research. Finally, this part of the unit will include brief introductions to a range of key sociological theories and debates that will be used throughout the two-year programme.

Unit 2 - Topics in Sociology (Families and Households)

This unit looks at how influential the family unit can be on the development of the individual. This module starts with looking at how different theoretical perspectives view the family and then progresses to look at more controversial themes such as domestic violence, divorce and family diversity, that make this module a fascinating aspect of the subject are

Unit 3 - Topics in Sociology (Beliefs in Society)

This global unit highlights the relevance of religious belief in our world today and discusses the way in which beliefs may be changing over time. Specific points of discussion include: is religion a conservative force or does it promote change and instability? Is globalisation a trigger for religious fundamentalism? Is religion still a dominant ideology in the world today? These themes, along with many more, will be explored in great detail.

Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Students will explore different sociological theories of crime and social control, such as debating the success of prisons and the power that surveillance has on regulating our behaviour. In addition, the social distribution of crime by ethnicity, gender and social class will be analysed using current trends. As the unit progresses, students will study the impact that globalisation has had on a range of criminal activities committed by individuals, big businesses and even governments!

In the second part of the unit, students will examine the core elements of sociological study building upon the knowledge gained in unit one. The aim of these lessons will be to develop existing knowledge of key theories such as Marxism and feminism in much greater depth.

Entry requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).


Paper one – Education with Theory and Methods

Written exam – 2 hours 33.3% of A Level


Paper two – Topics in Sociology

Written exam – 2 hours 33.3% of A Level


Paper three – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Written exam – 2 hours 33.3% of A Level

Future opportunities

An A Level in Sociology prepares students for a wide range of degrees, including English, Classics, Philosophy, Politics and Law. A broad range of career options are available with a degree in Sociology including social researcher, counsellor, primary or secondary teacher, probation officer, and working in human resources.

Further information

For further information, contact the Sixth Form on 01937 846612



How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 09 November 2018
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