Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who have an interest in social issues and the causes of social problems. Students will learn about how our behaviour is affected by the people around us and the impact that social change has had on our society. The course looks at topics such as culture, identity, socialisation and many more.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including work experience or our Debating society.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • That have an interest in social issues and social problems
  • That enjoy studying issues relevant to their own lives and experiences
  • Like airing their views, but are also willing to listen to others
  • Would like to know more about this country and other societies
  • Would like to know how our behaviour is affected by people around us
  • Would like to progress to employment in areas such as Law or Social Work
  • Would like to progress to Higher Education to study a degree in a Social Science subject

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by exams. The Units are:

  • Socialisation and Culture: How is culture transmitted to you? How do you develop your sense of identify? Why is culture so diverse and how has our idea of culture changed?
  • Families and Households: What is a family? How has the family changed over time? Is the family in decline? What trends in marriage, divorce, birth, and death rates can we identify?
  • Education with theory and methods: What are the roles of education system? How does class, ethnicity and gender effect educational attainment? How has the education system changed?
  • Methods of Sociological Enquiry: How is sociological research undertaken by Sociologists? Why is sociological research important in measuring societal trends and changes?
  • Beliefs in Society: What are sociological explanations of religion? What is the relationship between social change and religion? What is the significance of religion in a contemporary society?
  • Crime and Deviance: Who commits the most crime and why? In what way does the media have an influence on crime? What have governments done to combat a rising crime rate?

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Recall of knowledge 
  • Application of knowledge to real life scenarios 
  • Cross-module links 
  • Literacy 
  • Oracy 
  • Collaborative discussion and debate 
  • Independent work 
  • Practice 
  • Meeting deadlines 
  • Self-motivation 
  • Research skills 
  • Literacy 
  • Metacognition 
  • Knowledge of skills for HE 

Progression Routes

A Level

Course Leader:
Stephanie Preen

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE English at Grade 5 or above with an interest in current affairs and an average points score of 4.6 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by exams.