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Sociology A Level at St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls

Course description

The broad and multi-disciplinary nature of sociology and its application to a wide range of current issues call upon candidates' abilities to demonstrate the transferability of their knowledge, understanding and skills.

Course Content

AS

Unit 1 – Families and Households – An investigation into theoretical approaches to the role that families play in society along with research into the changing structure of families in the twentieth and twenty first century. Study will also be made of the changing patterns of marriage and divorce and the position of women within families.

Unit 2 - Education & Research Methods - An investigation into theoretical approaches to the role that education plays in society along with research into the changing structure of Education. Study will also be made of the inequality of both opportunity and outcomes within Education in the UK Included in this unit is the study of Research Methods which are also tested in the unit 2 exam.

A2

Unit 3 - Beliefs in Society – An investigation into theoretical approaches to the role that Religion and Belief plays in society along with research into the changing patterns of worship and religious organisations. Study will also be made of the secularisation debate and the changing position of women and minority groups within religion. The revitalisation of religion in the past decade including the emergence of a variety of fundamentalisms around the world will also be considered.

Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance; Theory and Methods - investigation into theoretical approaches to the explanation of criminal behaviour. A study of discrimination within the criminal justice system will also be made. Included in this unit is the advanced study of Research Methods and Theoretical perspective which are also tested in the unit 4 exam.

Key themes– The key themes of Social Class, Ethnicity and Gender run through the study of Sociology along with the concept of Power. In all units these key themes are explored in an attempt to allow students to investigate where power lies in our society.

Entry requirements

5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Mathematics.

Minimum Grade C in English Language and Maths GCSE with priority given to those with Grade B and above. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Martin in the Fields High School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 18 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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