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Sociology (Hillview Collaboration) at Hayesbrook at The Hayesbrook School

Course description

Sociology is the study of society and social behaviour. It is a social science that uses data from various sources to analyse trends in the way that societies are organised, including how groups in societies interact and the roles that institutions play in society.

Sociology also involves thinking critically and forming reasoned arguments using philosophical perspectives that attempt to explain social behaviour.

Course content

The A Level Sociology course covers:

Education, including the role of education, social policy and educational attainment of different genders, ethnicities and social classes

Families and households, including demographic trends in UK families, changes in the nature of family, childhood and the position of women

Crime and deviance, including perspectives on why crimes are committed, types of crime and criminological research

Beliefs in society, including the role of religion, types of religious organisation, and science and political ideology as belief systems

Sociological theory and research methods, including perspectives such as feminism and Marxism, as well as factors influencing choices  in sociological research design

Current affairs and issues in society today, such as globalisation, social differentiation, culture and identity

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements to study Level 3 qualifications at Hayesbrook/Hillview Sixth Form collaboration are Grade 4 or above in both English (Language or Literature) and Maths and in 3 other GCSE subject plus an average GCSE point score of 4.25 or above.


Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and an APS of 4.5 or above is required.


Assessment takes place at the end of Year 13 and is 100% external exam (three exams of two hours each).

Future opportunities

There are numerous Sociology and Criminology related university courses. Sociology is also an extremely valuable subject for anyone thinking of working in the “people centred” professions e.g. teaching, social work, academic research, the police, law and civil service.

Further information

Links with other courses

Media, Geography, English, Religious Studies and Psychology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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