Sociology AS A2 at Magdalen College School
Aims of the course:
Sociology is the study of western societies and the way in which these societies shape peoples behaviour. It provides students with the opportunity to understand the differences that exist within all societies and to gain an understanding of the world in which we live.
The course is designed to encourage candidates to
Develop contemporary knowledge and understanding of sociological theory and methods
Demonstrate the application of a wide range of skills, such as analysis, interpretation and application and evaluation
Consider the sociological themes of socialisation, culture, identity, social differentiation and power
GCSE English, grade CC, Maths C, if Sociology GCSE take must have a C or above
Summary of Units:
Year 1 Unit 1 The Sociology of the Family
(AS) The purpose of the family, the changes to family structure, policy
Effecting family life, childhood, old age
Unit 2 The Sociology of Education and Sociological methods
The purpose of education, changes to the education structure in the
UK, educational attainment relating to class, gender and ethnicity,
Contemporary Sociological research in the field of education
Year 2 Unit 3 The Sociology of Beliefs in Society
(A2) The purpose of belief and religion, changing patterns of believers
and beliefs, differences in sects and cults
Unit 4 The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Sociological theory and
Why commit crime? Crime patterns and statistics relating to age,
Gender, class and ethnicity. Suicide; is it a crime? Contemporary Sociological Research in the field of crime.
The course is central to the career prospects of any student looking to pursue a career which involves dealing with social groups, e.g., Medical Profession, Teaching, Police Officer, Human Resources, Journalism, Law, Public Relations etc.
Sociology is an interesting but demanding subject and is an ideal combination with Psychology, Biology, Business Studies, Philosophy & Ethics, Communication Studies, English, Health and Social Care
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Magdalen College School directly.