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Course Content

A grade B in English Language or another complementary subject at GCSE is required for AS Sociology.  Students will also need to have an interest in historical and contemporary social issues.
‘There is no such thing as society’ - Margaret Thatcher.  The power of sociology is to demonstrate just how strong the social forces that organise society in very different ways are.  Throughout the course, you will see how societies shape the different opportunities that people have within them.  For example, where you were born and when has radically shaped much of what you know and what you can do.  After encountering sociology, you may never see the world again with the same eyes.
Aims of the course:  The AS and A-level courses should enable you to:
  1. acquire knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and structures;
  2. appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate;
  3. understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods.
Year 12
The AS course has two modules:
Unit 1:   Families and Households
Changes in family and household structure.  Changing patterns of marriage, child bearing, family diversity and conjugal roles;
Unit 2:   Education and Methods in Context
Role of the education system.  Differential educational achievement by social class, gender and ethnicity, sociological methods.
Year 13
In Year 13 students develop their understanding with a further study of the following two A2 units:
Unit 3: Beliefs in Society
Unit 4: Crime and Deviance; Theory and Methods

Methods of Assessment

A one hour 30 minutes examination paper for Unit 1 and a two hour paper for Unit 2.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in an essay based subject (English/RE/History).