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Sociology

A-Level

Do you wonder…

  • what fuels our fixation with celebrities? Is it just gossip in a modern form? Is it that it provides endless, easily obtained content for our multiplying TV channels, newspaper pages and magazines? Could it be both?
  • Why is the number of years you can expect to live still associated with our occupation?
  • What about the way that your gender, religion, and ethnic background open up or close down opportunities in your life?

Sociology is not just about Britain. It also deals with global issues like the environment, migration and ‘globalization’ itself. How do these social changes affect people at every level of their social life?

Sociology is the study of Society, the ‘social world’. Sociology looks beyond the day-to- day and asks, “what is the real nature of Society, why does it function like it does and for whose benefit?”  Sociology asks you to understand and apply key concepts such as power, gender, ethnicity and culture to important and topical issues such as the Mass Media, Education, Crime, Deviance and Religion which shape the world we live in.

Sociology is a fascinating subject, where you will learn lots of surprising things about the society we live in. So, if you are a person who likes to think and you want to know what really goes on in your world, then this is the subject for you.

Year 1 Education

  • the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure
  • differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society

Research Methods

  • Different methods of research including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics
  • the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research.

Methods in Context – Students must be able to apply sociological research methods to the study of education. Families and Households

  • the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies
  • changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing, and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures

Year 2 will extend on the learning of the AS topics and study the issues in more depth, taught alongside Crime and Deviance and Theory:

  • crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime
  • globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes
  • crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system
  • consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories
  • the concepts of modernity and post-modernity in relation to sociological theory
  • Can Sociology can be regarded as scientific
  • debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom

The Sociology course is assessed 100% by exam

Year 1: There are 2 exams at the end of year 1

  • Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context 
    • Assessed : 1 hour 30 minutes written exam – 60 marks – 50% of level
  • Paper 2: Research Methods and Education  
    • Assessed: 1 hour 30 minutes written exam – 60 marks – 50% of level

Year 2: There are 3 exams at the end of year 2

  • Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
    • Assessed: 2 hour written exam – 80 marks – 33.3% of A-level
  • Paper 2: Family and Households
    • Assessed: 2 hour written exam – 80 marks – 33.3% of A-level
  • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
    • Assessed : 2 hour written exam – 80 marks – 33.3% of A-level

During the course there will be opportunities to extend learning through education visits to Courts.

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Students achieving grade A* - C

I felt Sociology would benefit me in society. I have learned theories about how I fit in and how societies have developed over the years and the different theories used to argue about society. It is very useful to learn how society fits together and why things happen the way they do. I also enjoy the different learning strategies our teacher provides for us. I am now going to attend university to study Law and Criminology. If I choose the second choice, even though it is not linked to Sociology, I feel that by studying Sociology it will allow me to understand the process of university more effectively and understand a variety of different backgrounds that people have come from. Jabran Khan

FORMER STUDENT

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