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Sociology A-Level at Landau Forte Sixth Form College

Course description

“Society in an insane asylum run by the inmates.” – Erving Goffman

Sociology is the academic study of the individuals, groups and institutions that form the society we live in today. Sociologists are responsible for designing, conduction and evaluating research to uncover the causes and consequences of a range of social issues as diverse as society itself. In studying sociology, you will learn to question widely-held assumptions about the problems society faces using theories, evidence and examples developed by classical and contemporary thinkers from around the world. Some of the questions we tackle throughout the topics covered in the course include:

  • Who benefits (and who suffers) in family life? Is divorce always a bad thing? Is an ageing population a problem or an opportunity for our society? Are children losing their innocence younger?
  • Is some level of crime inevitable in society? Does prison work? Are we too ‘soft’ on criminals? Do we need a new definition of ‘crime’ in a 21st Century world? What is a ‘typical’ victim?
  • Is religion declining, or just changing? Why are the elderly more religious that the young? How do we successfully measure how ‘religious’ someone is? Is religious fundamentalism always dangerous?
  • Why do some ethnic groups underperform in the education system? Do friends, teachers or parents have the greatest impact on educational success? Does the education system make failure inevitable? 

The AS Level and A Level Sociology qualifications offer an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. Students will develop their skills and knowledge through each of three Assessment Objectives (AOs) which are examined in each assessment:

AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods.

AO2 – Apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues.

AO3 – Analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order to present arguments, make judgements and draw conclusions.

Entry requirements

GCSE English A* - C

Future opportunities

Studying Sociology will change the way you look at the world and the people in it enabling you to critically evaluate arguments, articles and real life situations, as well as greatly enhance your communication skills (both written and verbal). These skills are highly valued at University and in a range of careers including journalism, public services, social work, marketing, law, public relations and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Landau Forte Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 15 July 2015

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