Sociology: AS and A Level | Loughborough College

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Sociology is primarily the study of social structures. It looks at institutions such as the education system, the criminal justice system, and the mass media. Sociologists have developed numerous theories about how people are organised within these structures and the various ways in which much of what compiles our daily lives is, in fact, socially engineered.

Key concepts within the study of sociology are the emergence and development of feminism, the stratification of society by class, ethnicity, age, and gender, and the role of government legislation and social policy. The subject also incorporates sociological methodology and the consideration and application of a diversity of theoretical perspectives.

Course Content

Unit 1:

  • Education and Research Methods: This includes differential achievement according to gender, class and ethnic group, educational reforms, and research methods.

Unit 2:

  • Families and Households: This includes family diversity, childhood, demographics, marriage and divorce, housework, and major sociological theories.
  • Research Methods
  • Mass Media: This includes how the news is socially constructed, audience effects and violence in the media, as well as media portrayals and stereotypes.

Unit 3:

  • Crime and Deviance, with Research Methods: This involves official crime statistics and why some people commit more crime than others. More research methods and theories.


You will get the opportunity to conduct practical research, create exciting learning materials such as videos, and to take part in social experiments to improve your understanding of sociological research.

You will gain skills in critical analysis, essay writing, and independent study during this course. Class debates are lively and interesting, with students able to learn from the life experiences of others from a variety of social backgrounds.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English Language at grade 5
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Progression Opportunities

Those who have studied Sociology often go on to Higher Education to study for degrees in Sociology, Psychology, Criminology, Social Policy, Media Studies, Law, Journalism, Social Work, Nursing, or other humanities-related courses.

Sociology is useful to any career in which you work with people and need an understanding of equality and diversity.

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Key Facts


  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

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College Course Code:

  • 18/19ASQSOC

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