Sociology

A Level

COURSE OVERVIEW

Students will learn the fundamentals of Sociology and develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Year 1

Education with Methods in Context: Study the effects of social class, gender and ethnicity on educational achievement.

Families and Households with Research Methods: Learn about different family types, functions of the family and how the family has changed over time. This will be linked to ideas such as Feminism and Marxism.

Year 2

Beliefs in Society: Explore how religious beliefs and practises have changed over time and within different cultures. Making links with sociological perspectives, you will study different religious groups such as sects and cults.

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Research Methods: Examine patterns of crime across different social groups. Study the effect of the media on crime and relate to sociological perspectives.

Curriculum

As a student of Sociology you will develop an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. You will develop your own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world. You will be given the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sociological theories, concepts and evidence. You will review and use sociological research methods. You will apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues including family and crime. You will develop skills that enable you to analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order to present arguments, make judgements and draw conclusions.

Progression

BA (Hons) Sociology; BA (Hons) Criminology; BA (Hons) Law; BA (Hons) English; BA (Hons) Politics and International Relations.

Careers

Teaching; law; social research; social work; journalism; politics.

Additional Entry Requirements

Grade 5-9 in English or Sociology.

Assessment

3 x 2hr Examination.

Opportunities for work related activities

Trips to the Houses of Parliament, The Supreme Court and Crown Court.