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Sociology A Level at Sir John Lawes School

Course description

Sociology is the study of the development and structure of society. It is a fascinating subject, taking in topics such as how housework is divided within a family, whether childhood is toxic and damaging to British children, and how the media influences our development. You will answer questions about the ever-changing society we live in, such as:

- Why is marriage declining?

- Why do girls outperform boys at GCSE?

- What causes someone to become a criminal?

Sociology is always relevant, and you will learn how to apply your knowledge to current affairs. Furthermore, the study of theoretical approaches such as Feminism, Postmodernism and Functionalism makes it an excellent option for those applying for university as it allows students to show understanding of a variety of complex issues.

Course content

At Sir John Lawes School, you will study Sociology for two years, and will be examined at the end of Year 13. There are 3 modules which will be taught across the two years of the course.

Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods

  • Education
  • Research Methods in Context
  • Theories in Sociology

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology

  • Families and Households
  • The Media

Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Sociological Theory
  • Research Methods 


Entry requirements

Since Sociology is a new course in the Sixth Form you will almost certainly have no previous experience of the subject in school. We do however require you to achieve at least Grade 5 in English at GCSE and an APS of 4.5 or above.

It will also help if you:

  • Have an interest in how society affects individuals
  • Want to discuss issues in the news that affect our society
  • Can work independently and on group projects
  • Like to learn about how different sections of society work
  • Can see contentious issues from different viewpoints 


ASSESSMENT (at the end of Year 13)

Paper 1 Written Exam 2 Hrs 33% - A mixture of short-answer questions and essay-based questions on Education and Research Methods

Paper 2 Written Exam 2 Hrs 33% - Long-answer questions on Families and Households, and The Media

Paper 3 Written Exam 2 Hrs 33% - A mixture of short-answer questions and essay-based questions on Crime and Sociological Theory

NB There is no course work - assessment is entirely by examination

Further information

Students can study this course through our consortium partner, Roundwood Park School, if insufficient numbers mean the course cannot run at Sir John Lawes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Lawes School directly.

Last updated date: 05 January 2017
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