Sociology A Level at Orleans Park
This course will appeal to students who:
- Are curious about understanding the way society is structured and who are the winners and losers
- Enjoy discussing real life situations and applying theories to help explain them
- Interested in inequality and diversity and social change
- Enjoy conducting and analysing research in a scientific manner
- Have an enquiring mind
Sociology is a social science which helps us make sense of the way in which society works. Those who study sociology will become adept in understanding and analysing sociological issues and devising potential solutions and improvements, perhaps by addressing social inequalities relating to factors such as class, gender, race and poverty. We look at the dynamics and changes in family life - from the good to the bad. We unpick the problems within the structure of our education system and we look at trends and patterns in crime and what makes an act deviant to society but legally acceptable - and vice versa.
GCSE English and Maths minimum Grade 5
There are three, 2 hour exams at the end of Year 13:
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
- the role and functions of the education system, economy and class structure
- differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity
- relationships and processes within schools and education policies
- Research Methods and Theories in Sociology and applying these methods to Sociological issues
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology
Families and Households
- the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change
- changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and childbearing
- gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family & the nature of childhood
Stratification and Differentiation
- stratification and differentiation by social class, gender, ethnicity and age
- dimensions of inequality: class, status and power and social mobility
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
- crime, deviance, social order and social control
- the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class
- globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green & state crime; human rights
- crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system
Many students study Sociology in Higher Education and go on to work in careers such as: Politics; Healthcare; Education; Police; Therapy; Planning and Policy; Community and Volunteering; Social Work; Equality and Diversity; Youth Work; Public Services; Law; Business; Marketing and many more.
Applications to the Sixth Form for September 2018 open on Tuesday 3 October 2017 and close on Friday 12 January 2018. Please apply for 3 courses plus a reserve choice.
Entry Requirements for September 2018:
6 GCSEs at Grade 9-4 with at least 3 subjects at Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) including English and Mathematics at Grade 4 or higher. Some subjects have specific requirements (as shown on the individual subject page) and we strongly advise that students have at least a GCSE Grade 6 (or equivalent Grade B) in the subjects they will study at A Level.
How to apply
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