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Sociology A Level at Copleston High School

Course description

A level Sociology is a varied and highly relevant subject. The course will introduce you to a range of concepts to encourage you to recognise, understand and evaluate the differing explanations for social phenomena. Throughout the four units the course has a strong theoretical foundation which are the corner stones for this essay based subject.

Course content

Debate, dialogue and the discussion, exploration and the analysis of statistics and research inform the learning.

Entry requirements

4 AS levels – at least 5 grade Bs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. 3 AS levels – at least 5 grade Cs or equivalent in different GCSEs or other Level 2 courses. In addition, at least grade C in GCSE English Language or Literature.

Assessment

In Year One students complete two units: Families and households, which cover the
broad range of family structures we live in, both across the globe, nationally and also throughout time. You will then develop your understanding of the implications the family has on society for individuals such as women and children, but also in terms of social policy, education and crime. The second unit, Education and Methods in Context, looks at issues in education such as achievement and educational policy whilst investigating the impacts of social influences such as gender, class and ethnicity on your educational experience. You will also learn the methods used to research sociologically and their relative uses within the subject.
 
The first A2 unit is Beliefs in Society, which looks at the changing role of religion; it explores contemporary issues such as the decline of religion, the structure and choice within religion and ‘other belief systems’ that exist in society. The final unit is Crime and Deviance with research methods. The unit explores some of the patterns in crime through statistics, theoretical understanding of why people commit crimes and developing an awareness of the impacts that social factors may have on the levels of crime in society.

Future opportunities

Students of Sociology have gone on to a variety of further studies including; History, Law, Social Science, Midwifery, Criminology, Social Geography and Youth studies. Sociology is also recognised by employers as a valuable qualification due to its broad skills and knowledge range.

Further information

Students of Sociology have gone on to a variety of further studies including; History, Law, Social Science, Midwifery, Criminology, Social Geography and Youth studies. Sociology is also recognised by employers as a valuable qualification due to its broad skills and knowledge range.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016
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