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Sociology A level at The Holy Cross School

Course description

Sociology is the study of human social relationships, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. For sociologists, the lives of individuals can only be understood through studying the wider social context in which we live. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse; we will look at topics ranging from crime to religion, the family to education, from divisions of race, social class and gender to the shared beliefs of a common culture. Sociology is an exciting, relevant and interesting subject that will enable you to have a better understanding of the world you live in.

While many sociology graduates enter work in the public sector in a social or welfare role, others go into a variety of jobs throughout the private and public sector. Some employers include local and central government, industry, commerce, the NHS, education authorities, further and higher education and charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations. Opportunities also exist in the civil service and graduate management training schemes. Sociologists work with a varied and diverse client group.

Course content

Year 12: Students will cover the key concepts and theories associated with the study of sociology:

Families and Households – topics include childhood, family diversity and demography.

Education, methods in Context and Research Methods - topics include social policy, subcultures and patterns of achievement in relation to class, gender and ethnicity.

Year 13: Students will be expected to show more depth of knowledge and understanding then in year 12, together with more highly developed skills in analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

The following topics will be covered:

Beliefs in Society/Religion – topics include the relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability, religious organisations.

Crime and Deviance with theories and methods ‐ topics include theories to explain the social distribution of crime by age, gender, class and locality.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language or Literature.


Three written examinations
1. Education with Theory and Methods

(2 hours)
2. Topics in Sociology (2 hours)
3. Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2 hours)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Holy Cross School directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017

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