Sociology is the study of society and human behaviour. This course is designed to equip students with knowledge of how our society works by looking at various aspects of our lives. It will do this by using both classical and modern theories of Sociology and by examining the effect of social class, ethnicity, gender, age and other factors on life chances.
It also considers the role of government and other agencies in the provision of services and how social policy affects various aspects of life.
As part of the course students will be encouraged to develop transferable skills in research, evaluation, analysis, comparison and many other areas. An A level in Sociology is welcomed as a good foundation subject for a wide range of degree courses, for example; law, policing, politics and criminology. Sociology is excellent preparation for many careers. Examples include the caring professions such as nursing, social work, childcare and counselling; legal professions including police and solicitors; areas of business, especially human resources and human relations and teaching at both primary and secondary levels.
In year 1 students will focus on core areas of Sociology through studying; Education, Methods within the Context of Education, Research Methods and Families and Households. These topics will cover material required in the exams at the end of year 2, and will facilitate the skills and basic knowledge required for the year 2 topics.
In year 2 students will develop their knowledge or research of research methods through the core topic Theory and Methods. They will also study the option topics Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance.
To complete the A level students will sit three two hour papers worth one third of the full A level each. Paper 1; Education, Methods in Context and Theory and Methods. Paper 2; Families and Households and Beliefs
in Society. Paper 3; Crime and Deviance and theory and Methods. Each paper has a range of short answer and essay questions.
Students are expected to build their knowledge of current affairs that are of particular social interest and to develop their awareness of government and politics and the ideologies behind policies and actions by watching or reading the news on a regular basis. Students are also encouraged to look at the topic areas in more depth in the Sociological Review.
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Miss L Barnes