Before I started studying at Elliott Hudson, I had not studied Sociology before but thought I’d give it a try as it sounded interesting. I’m glad I did. The subject is great and the teaching team are amazing at supporting individuals, providing resources and the organisation that you need.

Kyle Winter

Kyle Winter

Course Description

Sociology is the study of how social forces shape and mould human behaviour, usually without our consent or acknowledgement. It’s an ever-changing subject area that makes you question how the world works and often shines the spotlight on many different forms of inequality that exist in our world today.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that they would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in that subject.

Course Content

Paper one – Education with Theory and Methods
The education section studies the role of education in today’s society from a variety of theoretical perspectives. Students will also study how the education system has evolved from its origin to its present state, and the factors that affect differences in educational achievement between different social groups.
The second part of the unit focusses on a range of research methods and sociological theory. First of all, students will explore a wide variety of research methods used by modern sociologists, for example, quantitative and qualitative methods and different sources of data. Additionally, students will study the practical and ethical considerations a practising sociologist must take into account when conducting academic research. Finally, this part of the unit will include brief introductions to a range of key sociological theories and debates that will be used throughout the two-year programme.

Paper two – Topics in Sociology (Families and households & Beliefs in society)
The Families and households unit looks at how influential the family unit can be on the development of the individual. This module starts with looking at how different theoretical perspectives view the family and then progresses to look at more controversial themes such as domestic violence, divorce and family diversity, that make this module a fascinating aspect of the subject area.

The Beliefs in society unit highlights the relevance of religious belief in our world today and discusses the way in which beliefs may be changing over time. Specific points of discussion include: is religion a conservative force or does it promote change and instability? Is globalisation a trigger for religious fundamentalism? Is religion still a dominant ideology in the world today? These themes, along with many more, will be explored in great detail.

Paper three – Topics in Sociology (Beliefs in Society)
Students will explore different sociological theories of crime and social control, such as debating the success of prisons and the power that surveillance has on regulating our behaviour. In addition, the social distribution of crime by ethnicity, gender and social class will be analysed using current trends. As the unit progresses, students will study the impact that globalisation has had on a range of criminal activities committed by individuals, big businesses and even governments! In the second part of the unit, students will examine the core elements of sociological study building upon the knowledge gained in unit one. The aim of these lessons will be to develop existing knowledge of key theories such as Marxism and feminism in much greater depth.

Assessment

Paper one – Education with Theory and Methods
Written exam – 2 hours
33.3% of A Level

Paper two – Topics in Sociology
Written exam – 2 hours
33.3% of A Level

Paper three – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Written exam – 2 hours
33.3% of A Level

Future Opportunities

An A Level in Sociology prepares students for a wide range of degrees, including English, Classics, Philosophy, Politics and Law. A broad range of career options are available with a degree in Sociology including social researcher, counsellor, primary or secondary teacher, probation officer, and working in human resources.

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