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Sociology at Calder High School

Course description

Sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time. It is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. Since all human behaviour is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge.

Course content


Unit 1 (40%) Families and Households - Exam based

Unit 2 (60%) Education with Research methods - Exam based


Unit 3 (40%) Beliefs in Society - Exam based

Unit 4 (60%) Crime and Deviance AND Theory and Methods – Exam based

Please note there is no coursework option for Sociology A-level.

Entry requirements

5 A-C grades including English

GCSE C grade or above in a Humanities subject (RS, Geography, History)

Future opportunities

Higher Education

Sociology can provide an excellent basis for most social science courses, such as Sociology, Politics, Law, Economics, Psychology, Anthropology, Social Welfare, as well as  Philosophy & Religious Studies. It provides very good key skills in terms of independent learning, managing time and studies effectively and written communication.


Sociology is an excellent subject for employment in a huge variety of areas including the Law, Police, Social Welfare, Mass media, Education, the Civil Service, community work, transport, and environment and management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Calder High School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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  • Start date: Next September