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Sociology A-Level

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Sociology is the academic study of social behaviour, its origins, development, organization, and institutions.

It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, social disorder and social change.

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Year one content

Paper One

  • Education & Methods in Context
  • Research Methods

Paper Two

  • Families and Households
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Year two content

Paper One:

  • Education & Methods in Context

Paper Two:

  • Families and Households
  • Beliefs in Society

Paper Three:

  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Additional information

What does this subjct prepare me for?

This subject provides excellent preparation for a number of career routes including further study at undergraduate level and careers in areas such as social work and social policy.

Its emphasis on being able to engage with and analyse a range of abstract ideas, concepts and evidence develops the sort of flexibility of mind that is valuable for a range of different professions. Indeed. The ability to be able to develop and sustain an argument with clarity and precision is a core part of this subject.

Subject support and enrichment

You will be offered revision workshops as a core part of this course.

In addition, there will be opportunities for students to hear from a range of guest speakers, both inside and outside of the Sixth Form.

Assessment

Our assessments employ a variety of familiar question types, including short answer and extended writing/essays, which target knowledge and understanding, application, analysis and evaluation. Understanding of research methods, gained through classroom experience of practical sociology, will be assessed using the ‘methods in context’ format.

AS LEVEL:

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: sociological theories, concepts and evidence. AO2: Apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues. AO3: Analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order. To present arguments, make judgements, and draw conclusions.

A-LEVEL:

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: sociological theories, concepts and evidence of sociological research methods.

AO2: Apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues. AO3: Analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order. To present arguments, make judgements, and draw conclusions.

How to apply

Applications for the academic year 2022/23 are now open. You will only need to make one application and will be asked to select the subjects you wish to study within the application.

If you need help you can call us on 01234 291291 or email us. You should also look at the financial support we offer.

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