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Sociology A level at Queen Elizabeth High School

Course description

This is a new specification A Level. The course is studied over two years with exams held at the end of the two years. Sociology offers students the chance to gain a better understanding of the society in which they live. It is a subject which challenges existing views and encourages critical thinking. Politics, including government policy, is integral to the course and this requires diverse learning resources such as newspapers, television and the internet. Key questions which are investigated within the course are:
- What are the consequences of an ageing population?
- Why do more people get divorced?
- What are the reasons for domestic violence?
- Why are there inequalities in the education system?
- How does government policy impact on our education?
- Is religion in decline? Does religion cause conflict?
- Why do people join religious cults?
- Why is female crime on the increase?
- Are crime statistics reliable?

Course content

Compulsory content: 4.1 Education with theory and methods
- Education
- Methods in context
- Theory and methods

4.3 Crime and deviance with theory and methods
- Crime and deviance
- Theory and methods

4.2 Optional content: Topics in sociology Option 1
- Culture and identity
- Families and households
- Health

Work, poverty and welfare Option 2
- Beliefs in society
- Global development
- The media
- Stratification and differentiation


Requires critical thinking; the ability to interpret and apply relevant knowledge to particular questions; analysis and evaluation skills. Students are also required to carry out research and this includes a day at Newcastle Courts observing the judicial system in action. Assessment is all exam based. Questions for each paper include shorter mark questions and extended writing in the form of essays. A short piece of stimulus material is provided in each exam which needs to be referred to in some of the questions.

Future opportunities

Students taking sociology at QEHS have gone on to university to study sociology or social science degrees such as social policy, social work, combined social sciences, health related courses, media studies, criminology and anthropology. Sociology is relevant to courses in law, sport, politics, history and education. It is a course which is relevant to any career involving working with people.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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