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Sociology A Level (AQA) at Marling School

Course description

The study of sociology develops analytical skills which transfer to other subjects and is useful for any career which involves an understanding of people. Sociology can be revelatory and offers radical lenses through which to view the world. It is a well-respected academic subject and is ideal preparation for those students wishing to pursue further study in the field of criminology. It is also a useful subject for those going on to a variety of occupations, including the caring professions. It can be studied in its own right or in conjunction with other subjects such as law or criminology.

Course content

Families and Households: relationship of the family to the social structure; social change with particular reference to the economy and to state policies; changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, child-bearing and household structures; research methods.

Education: role and purpose of education in contemporary society; differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity; relationships and processes within schools; significance of educational policies; methods in context.

Beliefs: theories of ideology, science and religion; relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability; religious organizations and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice; relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organizations and movements, beliefs and practices; significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world.

Crime and Deviance: theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control; social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class; globalisation and crime; mass media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes; crime control, prevention and punishment; sociological study of suicide; connections between sociological theory and methods and study of crime and deviance.

Entry requirements

Standard Marling School Sixth Form and Stroud High School Sixth Form entry requirements.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years