Highgrove Education

Introduction to Sociology

This course explores the fundamental principles, theories, and concepts of sociology, providing a deeper understanding of the intricate dynamics that shape our social world. This course covers the basic theories of how we as individuals are shaped by the society we live in. We will cover Functionalist, Marxist, Feminist, and political theories which explore how the main institutions in society such as education, family, and the media, seek to provide equality among it’s members, with mixed success. This course will provide you with many transferable skills such as critical thinking, analysis, and evaluation which will be useful for study at university level.

Private Tuition

Key Information



Access Course Enrolment:
  • Enrolment in our pre-GCSE or pre-A level access course.
  • Access to our self-study materials and platform, live class lessons, and individual teacher support in Office Hours.
  • Weekly teacher-marked homework.
  • Half termly reports.
  • Support from our SENDCo for pupils with special educational needs or disabilities, including assessment for access arrangement entitlement.
  • Support with English for pupils whose first language is not English.
  • A Highgrove Education Office365 account, including Teams, SharePoint and a school email
DepartmentSocial Science
TeacherMs Kelly Fitzsimons, Head of Psychology
Course Length10 weeks 
Live LessonsOne 45-minute lesson per week
HomeworkApproximately half an hour a week 
Entry RequirementsNone 

Course Syllabus

Lesson 1What is society?
Lesson 2Functionalist theories of society
Lesson 3Marxist theories of society
Lesson 4Feminist theories of society
Lesson 5New right (political) theories of society
Lesson 6Key focus: education
Lesson 7Key focus: the family
Lesson 8Key focus: crime and deviance
Lesson 9Key focus: beliefs
Lesson 10How can we use sociological knowledge to improve society?

Teacher Profile

Ms Fitzsimons has taught Psychology and Sociology for over fifteen years, most recently teaching at Harrow School Online. She has worked as a Head of Psychology at Chelsea Academy and as an Examiner for Psychology for the OCR and Edexcel exam boards. She also has experience educating students on a one-to one basis who could not attend school due to behavioural, medical, or special educational needs. Ms Fitzsimons has authored the Psychology self-study courses for Highgrove Online School.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Sociology and a PGCE from the Institute of Education in London in Social Science.