Sociology is a vibrant and exciting subject that will require you to think differently about the society in which we live. We all hold common sense views on the various everyday things that make up our society; crime is rising, teenager pregnancies are increasing, religion is in decline, and education is failing many of its students. In this course we will look behind these headline ideas, challenge orthodox views, and examine the interesting and complex workings of society. Instead of thinking 'What has happened?' think 'Why did that happen?'
Sociology opens up a world of opportunities. The Home office and The Criminal Justice System including the Police Force, Prison Service, are gradually moving towards making the study of Psychology, Sociology or Criminology a pre-requisite for employment. Sociology is available for study at all major universities and graduates go on to work in politics, media and the Criminal Justice System.
Sociology is currently only available at KS5
Key Stage 5 (AS and A2 Level)
The course is structured around four units:
Unit 1 - Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Wealth Poverty and Welfare
Unit 2 - Education, Health, Sociological Methods
Unit 3 - Power and Politics, Global Development, Beliefs in Society or Media
Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance
Units 1 & 2 are studied at AS level in year 12
Units 3 & 4 are studied at A2 level in year 13
There is no coursework requirement. The department uses the AQA examining board and the course is assessed by examination. At the end of year 12 you will take two exams
Unit 1 - Written paper 1hr 40% of the AS (20% of A level)
Unit 2 - Written paper 2hr 60% of the AS (30% of A level)
At the end of year 13 you will take a further two exams.
Unit 3 - Written paper 1hr 30 min of the 40% A2
Unit 4 - Written paper 2hrs 60% A2
Sociology is an evidence based discipline so our ideas and theories have to be backed by facts about society. Sociologists collect data and information by using a variety of research methods. The course is demanding and as such requires a lot of work from each of its students. You will need to be organised, motivated and enthusiastic and most importantly open to new ideas and concepts. GCSE grade C English.
Course content at AS
Examining the formation of the family and the relation to the social structure, the
nature of childhood and changes in the family.
Exploring the role of Education in Society with in-depth review of Sociological methods
Course content at A2
Exploring global development, what is development all about? We examine the role of the Western states, and the processes of economic, political, and cultural
Examining Crime and Deviance from its historical origins to modern and postmodern ideologies. The theories of Crime and Deviance, Globalisation, Crime control, state crime, Mass media and Crime, the role of the Criminal Justice System.