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Sociology at Outwood Grange Academy

Course description

Sociology is the scientific study of society.  It allows us to understand social processes and to ultimately improve social policy and welfare.  Sociologists are interested in social stratification, social class, social mobility, culture, religion, secularization, law and deviance.


Course content

What will I learn at A Level?

  • Families and Households:  This topic addresses the relationship between the family and social structures and change.  Students will debate different roles and power relationships within the family and demographic.
  • Education with Methods in Context:  This topic addressed the functions of education looking in particular at teacher/pupil relationships.  Students will debae the significance of educational policies of selection and privatisation and how this affects equaity of opportunity within the education system.  Methods in context is the study of research methods which are then applied to research within education.
  • Crime and Deviance:  This topic will debate the social distribution of crime by ethnicity, gender, social class and age.  Students will also address global crime such as media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crime.
  • Beliefs in Society:  This topic will address the role of religion, ideology and science in society. Students will address the relationship between social change, social stability and religious beliefs.  New Age movements and their relationship to religious and spiritual beliefs and practices will also be explored.

Entry requirements

No prior learning is required for this course although GCSE English Language and Mathematics would be needed to enable the student to understand the course content. GCSE Sociology is not required to study the A Level.


How will I be assessed at A Level?

A Level Sociology consists of three examinations (2 hours each).  The content is the same as the AS course, with the addition of Crime and Deviance and Beliefs in Society.

  • Paper 1:  Education with Methods in Context
  • Paper 2:  Topics in Sociology - Families and Households and Beliefs in Society
  • Paper 3:  Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Future opportunities

This A Level provides a good basis for the study of Sociology and related subjects (eg, Criminology, Administration or Law) at degree level as well as vocational courses such as Social Work or Nursing.  Even if you choose not to progress to further study in this subject you will find the course satisfying and worthwhile.

Further information

What  skills will I develop?

If you like to question the major issues affecting all our lives and to understand the factors which influence our cultures and society, then you would enjoy this course.  Sociology promotes self understanding.  You will also learn to write effective essays, evaluate research and analyse information.

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: 25 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
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  • Number of planned places: 30