Sociology is a stimulating and dynamic subject. We will be studying individuals within a social setting, which includes groups, organisations, cultures and societies’ and the interrelationships between them.
During this course pupils will have the opportunity to study social institutions such as the family, education, law, politics, the media, and religion. Pupils will study how we acquire our culture and how social structures affect individuals. We will also study the nature of power and social control, and the nature of social divisions.
What Will I Learn?
• AS Level Unit 1: This unit focuses on the role of the family and how we learn to be members of society. It includes defining the family, exploring relationships within the family and issues such as diversity, gender roles, marriage and divorce.
Unit 2: This unit encourages students to explore the nature and practice of social enquiry and includes the study of the various methods employed by sociologists in their research. It also includes definitions of educational terminology, patterns and trends regarding the achievements of different social groups by class, gender, ethnicity and locality, and sociological explanations of these trends.
• A2 Level Unit 3: This unit looks at the patterns and trends of crime, sociological explanations of crime, agents of social control, and the role of the media in such things as moral panics.
Unit 4: This unit requires students to apply their knowledge of sociological methods. It also includes the study of social inequality which includes looking at the patterns and trends of inequality in our society, and the sociological explanations for this inequality.
You will require 5 GCSEs at Grades A*- C (which includes a Grade B in English/Welsh Language). You do not need to have studied Sociology at GCSE.
You will be invited to attend an interview, and will undertake an assessment in literacy and numeracy, to establish any support required.
You will be assessed by 100% examination.
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- Sociology is useful for a range of university courses and careers including: community work, housing management, teaching, personnel management, police force, probation service, public sector administration, social work, and welfare advice work.
Social or humanities scientist
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Welfare professional n.e.c.
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Social and humanities scientists study and analyse human behaviour and the origin, structure and characteristics of language; undertake research in areas such as sociology, economics, politics, archaeology, history, philosophy, literature, the arts; organise the collection of qualitative and quantitative information, and perform subsequent analyses.
Entry is most common with a degree or equivalent qualification but is possible with other academic qualifications and/or relevant experience. Postgraduate qualifications may be required for some jobs.