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Sociology A2 at Queensbury School

Course description

Sociology is scientific study of society. it is about all kinds of social relationships that people share with each other; in their families, schools and in work.

Course content

Unit 3 - Mass Media

* The relationship between ownership and control of the mass media.

* The mass media, globalisation and popular culture.

* The processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news.

* Media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability.

* The relationship between the mass media, media content and presentation, and audiences.

* The new media and their significance for an understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society.

Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Crime and Deviance

* Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control.

* The social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.

* Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the mass media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes.

* Crime control, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

* The sociological study of suicide and its theoretical and methodological implications.

* The connections between sociological theory and methods and the study of crime and deviance.

Theory and Methods

Candidates should examine the following areas, which are also studied at AS Level:

* Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; their strengths and limitations; research design.

* Sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, observation (participant and nonparticipant), experiments, documents, and official statistics; the strengths and limitations of these sources.

* The distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data.

* The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of 'social facts'.

* The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research.

A2 candidates should also:

* Demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding than at AS Level.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 A*-C grades (or equivalent) in your GCSEs, including at least a grade C in the related subject.


Through a combination of written exams & coursework.

Future opportunities

Career Options - teaching, journalism, police and social research, social planning and social work.

Further information

Please contact a memberĀ of the sociology team for further information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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