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Sociology A Level at St Laurence School

Course description

Students studying sociology will:
 Investigate how health has been socially constructed;
 Learn how the family is linked to social structure and change;
 Examine the role education plays in sociological debates and its influence on life chances;
 Explore the role crime plays within a society including contemporary debates on the impact
crime has on society today;
 Consider the extent that beliefs have shaped ideology;
 Develop skills in research methods and become aware of ethical issues which arise from
sensitive research.

Entry requirements

It is important that you have an enquiring mind and an interest in current affairs if you are to be
successful in this subject. Essentially, you must be interested in why people behave in the way they
do! Consider whether you are interested in finding out the following
Why do people commit crime?
Should women be paid less than men for the same job?
Who was Karl Marx?
Why there is inequality in health care?
What does religion have to do with how society works?
Sociology is a subject only offered at Advanced Subsidiary (AS) and Advanced GCE level at St
Laurence. It is therefore preferable to have achieved good results in English and Maths to ensure a
secure grounding for the study of Sociology. The topics offered for study are developments on a
range of GCSE courses. New knowledge and skills will be acquired by all students.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Laurence School directly.

Last updated date: 11 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years