Sociology

A Level

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Sociology, A-Level AF-SOCIAL-D(0000)000

Venue
Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Dates
Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board
Eduqas

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Overview

Sociology is the study of society and human behaviour. This course seeks to build upon your existing knowledge by increasing your awareness of what is happening in the world today. You will explore different perspectives and be introduced to conflicting interpretations and theories. This course will encourage you to look at our world in a more critical and enquiring way.

Throughout the HSDC Alton Sociology A Level, you will cover a wide range of topics including ‘Families and Households’, ‘Education’ and ‘Crime’. If questions such as ‘how has the family changed over time?’, ‘how can your gender affect your achievement at school?’ and ‘is there such a thing as a typical criminal?’ are of interest to you, then so is Sociology at HSDC Alton.

You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9 – 4.

A grade 5 in English Language is compulsory.

On this course, you will study:

Year 1

  • Culture
    You will discover how we learn how to behave in society and what can happen if this process doesn’t occur, through studying case studies of feral children. You will also question to what extent our behaviour is influenced by nature and to what extent our behaviour is influenced by nurture. 
  • Families and Households
    You will analyse how families, relationships and the experiences of children have changed over time in Britain. You will also explore through the role of the family whereby you will study theoretical perspectives, including functionalist, the New Right, Marxist, feminist and postmodernist.
  • Education
    You will explore the purpose of the education system whereby you will study theoretical perspectives, including functionalist and Marxist. You will also question why do some pupils achieve more qualifications than others? In relation to this, you will analyse how your social class, gender and ethnicity can all affect your educational achievement.
  • Research Methods
    You will find out how sociologists study society, such as through questionnaires, interviews, observations and through analysing secondary sources and you will critically evaluate the use of these methods. You will also have the opportunity to design and conduct your own research on a topic of your choice.

Year 2

  • Social Inequalities
    Using evidence and examples, you will consider the extent to which inequality exists in society in the contemporary UK including social class, gender, ethnic and age inequalities. Utilising your knowledge from year one, you will also apply a range of theoretical approaches to the study of social inequalities.
  • Crime and Deviance
    You will explore patterns of criminal and deviant behaviour and you will explore questions such as; ‘why are black men stopped and searched by the police more than white or Asian men?’, ‘why do men commit more crimes than women?’, ‘how does the media affect our perception of crime’. You will also look at crime prevention and punishment, victimisation and again, you will apply a range of theoretical approaches to the study of crime and deviance.

Sociology is the study of society and human behaviour and this course at HSDC Alton seeks to build upon your existing knowledge of what is happening in the world today. Lessons are varied including; mini-lectures, discussion, debate, quizzes and practical research whereby you are provided with the opportunity to experience some of the practical, ethical and methodological issues that sociologists encounter in their research. We also organise sociological conference trips and hold an in-house conference on ‘Life Behind Bars’.

100% examination made up of three exam papers.

Essential textbooks over the two year course: £40.

Optional trips: from £20 each.

A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will help you to progress to Higher Education or relevant employment. A sociology degree and the skills it brings is invaluable for careers in social research, law, teaching/lecturing, social work, the police force, journalism, media, politics and many others.


I love Sociology as it has given me a wider knowledge of society and it has enabled me to contemplate different views on different classes, ethnicity and gender differences.

Sophie Alford, Sociology A Level