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AS/A2 Sociology at Sandringham School

Course description

Course Aims:

  • To encourage students to develop a critical and reflective way of thinking;
  • To foster a respect for social diversity;
  • To acquire sociological knowledge and a critical understanding of the world around you and your place in it;
  • To develop a sociological imagination.

Course Structure:

Education investigates the role and function of the education system, differences in achievement by ethnicity, gender and social class and the possible explanations for these and the significance of different educational policies.

Families and Households looks into the changing relationships within the family with reference to gender roles, domestic labour & power. Changing patterns regarding marriage, divorce and childbearing and the resulting diversity of family and household structures are also investigated. You will also learn how the nature of childhood and the status of children have changed over time.

Beliefs in Society asks questions such as: What factors help to explain secularisation and the rise of religious fundamentalism in contemporary society? Does religion control and oppress us or can it be a force for liberation and social change? Why do people join cults or sects and what impact do these have on people’s lives? What impact has globalisation had on the spread of religion?

Crime and Deviance investigates who commits crime and why, globalisation and the media, state crime and green crime and investigates punishment, prevention and social control.



Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context (Exam, 50% of AS)

Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology (Exam, 50% of AS)

A Level

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods (Exam, 33.3% of A-level)

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Exam, 33.3% of A-level)

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (Exam, 33.3% of A-level)


Entry requirements

B in GCSE English Language.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 April 2015
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Key information

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