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Sociology AS GCE AS Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting subject. It is a widely recognised and valued academic subject, which will make you think in a critical way about your society. Its aim is to understand how societies work.

Sociologists try to explain human behaviour; they stress that human behaviour results from the way that people interact and mix with each other. They are interested in what goes on within social groups, from the smallest, such as the family or friendship groups, through to large societies. .

Course content

As a Sociology student you will analyse the various patterns and groupings found in a society such as in the economy, the media, gender and ethnic groups. You will also study topics such as religion, politics, education, crime, health and poverty. You will learn how to collect data and investigate society in surveys, questionnaires, interviews, observations and case studies.

Sociology will certainly help you to help make sense of your own experiences in society. It can provide you with the 'tools' which will allow you to become a better informed and more socially aware member of society

Entry requirements

You need to be good at writing essays and so a grade C in English Language is important. Ideally you should also be inquisitive in your approach to study and in finding out how sociology relates to the present day. Therefore, an interest in what goes on in the news and in society in general is an essential requirement for a sociology student.

Assessment

Unit 1

1 hour examination consisting of one data response question, including 3 short answer questions and 2 essay questions on the topic of Wealth, Poverty and Welfare.

Unit 2

2 hour examination consisting of one data response question, including 6 short answer questions and 3 essay questions on the topics of Education and Research Methods.
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Future opportunities

Sociology A Level would enable you to move on to study the subject at university or to study related social science subjects such as Criminology or Government and Politics. Students of Sociology go onto a diverse range of careers, from jobs in the media, such as researchers and journalists, to teaching and lecturing, police work, social work, counselling and health care. Any career that involves investigative skills and working with people will make use of Sociology/

Further information

The department has excellent subject specialist teachers who enjoy teaching the subject and who are dedicated to the success of their students. A Level students have the opportunity to spend a week in Berlin each year to increase their social and political awareness of European issues and to stimulate further learning.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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