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A level

Sociology is concerned with social behaviour and attempts to answer questions about why people behave the way they do. For example, why do girls outperform boys in the education system? Why is there still poverty in the 21st century? What explains the growth in violent street crime in the past few years? Sociology makes you think! 

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

Year 1

You will look at the role and purpose of education; the significance of educational policies, teacher-pupil relationships; and home background the educational achievement of different social groups. You will investigate different sociological views on the role of the family, the changing experience of childhood and relationships between couples. You will also learn about the way in which sociologists study society, and the methods they use to do this.

Year 2

You will study the causes of crime and why some groups are more likely to break the norms of society than others. You will also study green and state crime, media representations of and influences on crime as well as its control and punishment. You will study the social role of religion in society and religion in a global context including explanations for the rise of religious fundamentalism. Arguments about secularisation and the rise of new religious movements including cults and sects.


  • 100% exam

Special Features

In the past we have organized trips to Liverpool and Manchester, staying in university accommodation and visiting a range of places of sociological interest in both cities that have relevance to the syllabus.

We take students to conferences, and visiting speakers come into college. These have included a Crime Conference in which ex-prisoners talked about their offending and experience of the criminal justice system.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE Sociology if taken.
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