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A Level Sociology at The Thetford Academy

Course description

GENERAL AIMS: A Level Sociology offers students

the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge

and understanding of central aspects of sociological

thought and methods. It encourages students to

demonstrate the application of a range of skills and

consider the integration of sociological themes.

COURSE OUTLINE: Topics at AS include Culture and

Identity (which will cover different conceptions of

culture, the socialisation process, conceptions of the

self, identity and difference) the relationship of

identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality,

sexuality and social class in contemporary society.

Health, illness, disability and the body as social and as

biological constructs, the unequal social distribution

of health and illness Inequalities in the provision of,

and access to, health care in contemporary society, the

sociological study of the nature and social distribution

of mental illness, the role of medicine and the health

professions. There will also be a research methods

component applied to the study of health.

NATURE OF STUDY: This course of study comprises

two written units at AS and two at A Level, with no

coursework. The emphasis is on applying knowledge

and understanding, developing students’ transferable

skills of analysis, evaluation and critical thinking.

Entry requirements

Sixth Form Entry

Year 12

A Levels

5 A*-C at GCSE, including a C in English + Mathematics,

with a B grade in the chosen subject areas for A Level.

BTEC Level 3

4 A*-C, preferably including a C in English + Mathematics.

BTEC Level 2

2 D grades.

Year 13

Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of

Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on

satisfactory performance in the examinations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thetford Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years