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A Level Sociology at The Frances Bardsley Academy for Girls

Course description

Sociologists seek to identify patterns and relationships between different parts of society and seek to establish meaning through the study of evidence. Sociology is also concerned with ideas and theories about the nature of society and the individuals in it. A key element of sociology is an attempt to understand out identities and the cultures we live in.

Course content

Unit 1: Acquiring Culture

 

Section A: The key concepts and processes of cultural transmission, socialisation and the acquisition of identity.

Section B: A choice between two options: Families and households or Youth cultures

Written examination: 1 hours 15 minutes

15% of qualification

Unit 2: Understanding Society and Methods of Sociological Enquiry

 

Section A Methods of Sociological Enquiry

One compulsory question based on stimulus material which will be a synopsis of a piece of sociological research.

Section B Understanding Society

This section offers a choice between three options: education or the media or religion

Written examination: 2 hour

 

25% of qualification

Unit 3: Power and Control

 

The questions are on the theme of power. There is a choice between four options:  crime and deviance  health and disability  politics  world sociology

Compulsory questions and essay questions.

Written examination: 2 hours

 

25% of qualification

Unit 4: Social Inequality and Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry

 

Section A Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry

One compulsory question which will require learners to design, justify and evaluate a piece of sociological research.

Section B Social Inequality

Questions in this section are on the theme of social differentiation and stratification. These will include a compulsory question and a choice between two essay questions.

Written examination: 2 hour 15 minutes

 

35% of qualification

 

Entry requirements

Grade B in English Language at GCSE

Future opportunities

Choosing Sociology opens the door to a wealth of study at university. You could continue to take Sociology or use the skills that you have gained throughout the course to study such subjects as Psychology, English Literature and Media Studies to name a few.

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine. It is also useful in a number of other careers, like marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law or teaching. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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