Sociology A2 at St Paul's Catholic School for Girls
Sociology is the study of contemporary society; it examines the interplay between societal institutions such as education, the family and religion and explores the impact of these bodies on the behaviour and life chances of individuals and groups of people. Sociology explores whether modern society is harmonious or at conflict? It asks whether people’s behaviour is determined by external social forces such as class, gender or ethnicity or whether we have free will to behave as we decide.
Unit 3 A2 – Beliefs in Society (Religion, Ideology and Science). Delves into the roles and functions of religion for society, defines different types of religious organisations and debates the concept of secularisation; the ‘decline’ of religious thinking, beliefs and practices.
Unit 4 A2 – Social Stratification and Sociological Theory and Methods. Looks at the complexities of defining social class in Britain today and the possibility of social mobility. Measures the impact of age, gender and ethnicity on life chances.
5 grade B GCSEs in line with the whole school entrance criteria including a grade B in English Language.
2 examinations at A2 level. One taken in January and one in the summer period.
No controlled assessment.
Consistent self, peer and teacher evaluation throughout the course to support learning. A minimum expectation of 2 pieces of written assessment per half term to contribute to formal monitoring processes.
Many of our girls go onto study Social Sciences and related subjects at University level after finding their passion at A-Level. Careers include Policing, Local Government Officers, Social Workers, Teaching, Nursing, Law and Human Resources related. However Sociology gives many transferable skills which apply to many career choices.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Paul's Catholic School for Girls directly.