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Sociology A level at Carnforth High School

Course description

Sociology is a subject that allows students to take a critical approach towards understanding the individual person and the social world in which we live. We examine culture and identity and the ways in which we acquire these through socialisation. We go on to examine important social institutions such as the family, the media, social class, gender, ethnicity, the health system and our education system. We look at evidence of how these institutions both help society and lead to unequal relationships. We will teach both the AS and A Level qualification at the same time.

Course content

Unit 1 (AS and A Level) Socialisation, Culture and Identity.
  • This component introduces students to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and develops these themes through the context of the family. Students will develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and develop a lifelong interest in social issues.
Unit 2 (AS and A Level) Research Methods and Inequalities.
  • Students are introduced to a range of methods and sources of data as well as the factors influencing the design of Sociological research and the relationship between theory and methods. They are encouraged to consider the practical, ethical and theoretical issues arising in Sociological research and to apply knowledge of Research Methods to the particular context of social inequalities.
Unit 3 (A Level) Debates in Society.
  • This component engages students in theoretical debates and how these relate to a contemporary global society. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of social processes and social change.  Contemporary and global debates are introduced through the topics of the Digital World and Education.

 

Students should read independently outside of school including broadsheet newspapers as well a tabloid newspapers from a critical perspective. An eBook is available on the school system that students should use to supplement their class notes and independent research on all topics.

Entry requirements

5 A*-Cs at GCSE including GCSE English and/or Mathematics. 

minimum B grade for the A-Level subject you are hoping to study

Assessment

Unit 1 will be assessed during one 90 minute exam including short answer questions based on stimulus material and an essay question.
75 marks are available and this will count towards 50% of your AS Level or 30% of your A2 Level.
 
Unit 2 will be assessed during one 90 minute exam including short answer questions based on stimulus material and an essay question.
75 marks are available and this will count towards 50% of your AS level or 35% of your A Level.
 
Unit 3 will be assessed during one 135 minute exam including short answer questions based on stimulus material and an essay question.
105 marks are available and this will count towards 35% of your A Level.

Financial information

Students will be provided with a course textbook and a Sociology dictionary.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carnforth High School directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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