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.

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?
  • Media: What effect does the media have on its audience? Who owns and controls the media? What patterns and trends are there in the way certain social groups are represented in the media?
  • Methods of Sociological Enquiry: How is sociological research undertaken by Sociologists? Why is sociological research important in measuring societal trends and changes?
  • Power and Stratification: Where is there inequality in our society? Why does inequality exist? Does hierarchy still exist in society? How is wealth distributed in the contemporary UK?
  • 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?

A Level

Course Leader:
Sally Shaw

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.