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A Level Sociology at Barton Court Grammar School

Course description

Studying Sociology at A Level gives you access to a wide range of career and higher education opportunities. It is a subject that is well regarded by both universities and employers alike. Sociology combines well with Mathematics and Science subjects to create an attractive portfolio of qualifications, enabling you to move on to a university science based course, including Medicine.

Combined with English and a modern foreign language it would provide a good basis for an arts, social science or language based degree.

Course content

Unit 1 Education with Theory and Methods: An exploration of the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy, class structure. We look at achievement of social groups (class, gender, ethnicity); the relationships within school between teachers/pupils/pupil subcultures; the structure/impact of changes in educational policies. You will be prepared to apply sociological methods to the study of education, learning about different approaches, issues, and interpretations of conducting research; including conducting your own sociological research.

Unit 2 Families and Households: An exploration of sociological explanations for changes in patterns of personal life, gender roles, power relationships, childhood, family and household structures. We will be looking at demographic trends in the UK since 1900: birth and death rates, family size, migration, globalisation.

Unit 3 The Media: An exploration of the sociological explanations of the role and impact of media upon audiences in contemporary society, including ownership and control of the media; processes of selection and presentation of content of the news; and media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability.

Unit 4 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: An exploration of sociological explanations for crime and deviance, including studying trends and patterns relating to ethnicity, gender, and social class. We will be looking at globalisation, the media and crime, green crime, human rights and state crime. We will be considering policies and practices relating to crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims and the role of the criminal justice system. You will conduct small-scale research, examine and compare research methods and interpretations, and consider the impact and efficacy of Sociology as a scientific and social tool to understand UK communities.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form entry requirements, including GCSE Sociology grade 6, if taken, otherwise GCSE English Language or Literature, or a humanities subject at grade 6.


Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods - 2 hour written examination Short answer and three extended writing answers (80 marks/33.33% of A Level)

Paper 2 – Families and Households/The Media – 2 hour written examination Two extended writing answers (80 marks/33.33% of A Level)

Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – 2 hour written examination Short answer and two extended writing answers (80 marks/33.33% of A Level)

Future opportunities

Sociology provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law, social work, international relations, public services including the police service, education, health services and medicine, politics, social policy research, and business.

Further information

Speak to Miss Wharton, Teacher of Sociology, or click on

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: 15 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years