What is this course about?

The course will be of interest to anyone who is interested in understanding human behaviour and how society influences groups of people. It covers a wide variety of subjects which bring students “up to date” with the changes that are going on within society.  The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects with the most up to date changes in society and how these affect families.  The course is studied over two years.

How you will be assessed?

The course is assessed by three exams which are completed at the end of the two year course.  They are equally weighted.

What you will study?

Unit 1 – You will look at the themes of culture, socialisation and identity. You will look at the influence of factors such as age, gender, ethnicity and social class in shaping our sense of who we are. We will explore some of the key social changes over the last 40 years or so in these areas. Students will also examine the methods that Sociologists use in order to understand society. How do Sociologists carry out their research? What sorts of evidence do they produce? What problems do they face? How different are your expectations about family life from your parents’ and grandparents’? Does the family still mean anything today? Students will gain an in depth knowledge of how culture influences society and the concept of identity.

Unit 2 – The focus is on youth in society. It considers what is happening to youths in contemporary UK including their involvement in crime and the problems youths might face.

Unit 3 – This unit looks at crime in society and the impact on society. This unit will also investigate the impact of social media on contemporary society.

What will it prepare you for?

A level Sociology is a highly valued qualification.  It will enable students to gain access to Higher education  and may help students gain employment in public service provision e.g. Education, Nursing, Youth Work, Social Work, Counselling and  Housing Provision.

Subject entry requirements:

  • GCSE grade 5 in English.