A Level

Course Overview

Sociology is a contemporary subject, which is very much connected to the present.

It explains the way in which society works and how individuals live together and co-operate through social institutions such as the education system, the family, religious institutions and the law. Sociology examines the development of society and the theories of those who have observed it, such as Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim.


Studying Sociology allows you to examine current affairs, how society works and the people within it. Field trips include a visit to the Hindu Temple in Newcastle as well as trips to other places of sociological interest, both local and national. A variety of outside speakers will also be invited to give talks to classes throughout the course.

The Sociology department has also developed an academic link with Falkonergårdens College in Copenhagen.

GCSEs Grade A* to C ( 9 to 4) including English Language.

Families and households

This involves studying topics such as the role of the family in society, how the family has changed over the last two hundred years, power relationships, marriage and divorce patterns, childhood, the effect of demographic changes and how social policies affect the family in our society.



This unit explores topics such as the role of education in society, educational inequality and social policy in relation to education. There is a significant focus upon contemporary issues in education.


Beliefs in Society

This looks at the role of religion in society, theoretical views of beliefs in society, types of religious organisation, the development of sects and cults, how gender and ethnicity are liked to beliefs, whether religion is dying out and why as well as post modern aspects of religious beliefs.


Crime and Deviance

This involves studying definitions of crime and deviance, theories and explanations of the causes, youth subcultures, policing and prisons, the development of global crime, gender and ethnicity in relation to crime and deviance and the way in which the media can be connected to crime.

Higher Education – Sociology, Social Work and Criminology.

Careers include: Social Work, Counselling, Law Enforcement, Healthcare, Teaching, Journalism and Government/Politics.

Exam-based assessment.

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