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Sociology AS/A-Level at Cranford Community College

Course description

Sociology is the study of society and human behaviour. In Year 12 we examine the Sociology of Education and use of Research methods. In the Education unit we investigate the purpose or role of the British education system, which groups are successful (i.e. in terms of class, gender and ethnicity), and the impact of government policies such as university tuition fees and the league tables. Sociological methods includes a study of the main types of research techniques such as questionnaires, interviews, observation and secondary data such as newspapers, books, letters and the usefulness of these methods. The second unit studied at AS is that of Families and Households, in which we study family diversity in the UK, changes in relationships within family structures, changes in cohabitation and divorce as well as the influence of government policy.

In Year 13, students study Global Sociology which involves issues such as aid and debt, urbanisation, the growing global population, gender in the third world and war and conflict. We also study Crime and Deviance in Year 13. We examine why people commit crime, what can be done to prevent crime and the relationship between class, gender and ethnicity and patterns of offending and victimhood.

Entry requirements

Normally C in Sociology (if taken) and a C in English.


A Level

Paper 1 – Education with theory and methods

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology

Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with theory and methods

Future opportunities

Sociology is a subject that is respected by universities and employers alike. Post-education brings many career opportunities such as law, criminology, journalism, education, social work, Civil Service, business, teaching, marketing and advertising, personnel management, the Prison Service and research.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cranford Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years