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Sociology A level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

What fuels our apparent fixation with celebrity?

Does social class mean anything anymore?

What kinds of spiritual faith do people have in Britain today?

What can we learn from the 2011 riots in Britain?

Course content

Year 1

Families and Households

You will examine the relationship of the family to social structure, with particular reference to the economy and state policies. You will also learn about the changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and child bearing, and also the changes in the status of children and childhood.

Education and Sociological Methods

You will examine different explanations of the different educational experiences based upon social class, gender and ethnicity. You will also analyse the relationship between the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations that influence the choice of topic, method(s) and the conduct of research.


Year 2

Beliefs in Society

You will explore the different theories of ideology, science and religion, as well as the relationship between religious beliefs and social change and/or stability. You will examine religious organisations in more detail, including the relationship between them, as well as the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context.

Crime and Deviance, Theory and Methods

You will examine the relationship between social class, gender, ethnicity and crime and deviance. You will also explore the social construction of crime, with particular reference to the role of the mass media.

Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including at least a grade 4 in English Language. If you studied Sociology at GCSE, you should have achieved at least a grade C.


All assessment for this course is through written examination.

Future opportunities

Some students decide to study Sociology in Higher Education. People who study Sociology go on into a wide variety of jobs. A wide range of employers see Sociology as highly relevant and value the insight it provides into the workings of society. It can lead to a job in teaching, social work, the police force, the media, law, public relations, market research, foreign aid and development.

If you decide not to take the subject further, you will gain a range of very valuable skills, including how to work independently and with others, how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument. You will learn to think critically, to question common-sense assumptions, to solve problems. All of this is excellent preparation for University or for a whole range of careers.

Beyond this, many people today study Sociology for the personal enrichment it brings them, broadening their minds and enabling them to see their world in new and interesting ways. 

Further information

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How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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