SOCIOLOGY

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Sociology

A-Level

Course Description

Sociology is the scientific study of society. You will learn about the structures in society and how they control us all the time – without you realising! Some areas we focus on throughout the course are; racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, poverty and social class inequality. 

Whilst it is not necessary to have studied Sociology at GCSE, we do ask that you come to us with an interest in current affairs, social justice and inequality in society. You should enjoy watching the news and discussing and debating your opinions. 

Like Psychology, Sociology requires students to learn and recall many case studies for the exams. Come prepared to practise your memory skills. 

Currently in your first year, you will study youth culture in the first term, and research methods in the second term and we will use the final term as you opportunity to revise with us in a structured environment in order to prepare you for your first year examinations. 

In your second year you will study Crime in the first term, Social Inequality in the second term and we will use the final term to make sure that you are fully prepared for your final examinations. 

The topics covered over the first two years are: 

Component 1 – Socialisation and Culture 

Subject areas: 

  • Youth Culture
  • Education

Component 2 – Methods of Sociological Enquiry 

Subject area: 

  • Research methods

Component 3 – Power and Stratification 

Subject areas: 

  • Social divisions and inequalities
  • Crime and deviance

All three components are assessed by examinations. There is no coursework. We expect you to keep up-to-date with events and developments in the world around us by engaging with news, social and other forms of media as well as reading widely around the subject. 

Two years

  • Developing an argument
  • Oral and written discussion
  • Researching and analysing

We strongly recommend that you combine Sociology with other social science subjects such as Psychology, Law and/or Criminology.

  • Higher Education for degree courses in Sociology or in related subjects such as criminology, social work etc.
  • Careers involving people, such as the forces, health services, journalism, law, management, personnel, police, social work

Five GCSEs Grades 4 – 9 including Grade 5 in English.

100% Examinations.

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