Sociology A Level

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care

What will you be working towards?

Code So01
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Sociology is the study of people in society. It is concerned with human associations and relationships in the institutions that affect our lives. Such institutions include the family, education, the criminal justice system, the media and religion.

Sociologists study social issues which are often the focus of much public debate, such as gangs and youth subcultures, boys’ underachievement in school, the reasons for and effects of single-parenthood and births outside of marriage, the effects of the media on violent behaviour and so many more. Sociology uses a variety of theories and applied research methods to help to understand such issues. This can be a demanding task - but both an interesting and rewarding one.


Students will study a range of topics which challenge them to understand the way that societies work. This course is ideal for those students who enjoy learning about the world in which they live and how they can contribute to it. It demands students’ ability to challenge their own understanding of human behaviour and the issues we face.


How will I learn?

Throughout the course we will study and debate, among other things, questions such as:

Why do some people commit more crime than others?

Why are girls now out-performing boys in school?

What are the implications for a more diverse society?

What will I learn?

Using a range of engaging methods, we explore the following topics in sociology:

· Education This includes the roles and functions of the education system, the impact of policies, the hidden curriculum as well as a range of other issues.

· Families and households

This includes the sociology of personal life, and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures.

· Crime and deviance

In this topic students explore crime, deviance, social order and social control crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

· Global development

Issues in relation to aid and trade, industrialisation, urbanisation, the environment, and war and conflict as well as the role of transnational corporations, non-governmental organisations and international agencies in local and global strategies for development.

·Social research methods

Students examine the following areas: quantitative and qualitative methods of research; research design sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, quantitative and qualitative data and much more!

How will it be delivered?

Unit 1 (Education with Methods in Context): Education; Methods in Context; Theory and Methods

Short answer and extended writing questions, 2 hours, 33.3%

Unit 2 (Research Methods and Topics in Sociology): Families and Households; Global Development

Extended writing questions, 2 hours, 33.3%

Unit 3 (Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods): Crime and Deviance; Theory and Methods

Short answer and extended writing questions, 2 hours, 33.3%

Entry requirements

At least 5 Grade 4 and above at GCSE including English and Mathematics. Ideally a Grade 5 in Religious Studies.

Your next steps...

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors.