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Sociology - GCSE at Joseph Chamberlain Sixth Form College

Course description

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s
subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state,
from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is Sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.
 
Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyses and explains
important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. At the
personal level, Sociology investigates the social causes and consequences of such
things as racial and gender identity, family conflict and deviant behaviour. At the
societal level, Sociology examines and explains matters like poverty and wealth,
prejudice and discrimination and schools and education.The GCSE course looks at
how we develop in society – our culture and identity. We will focus on the role of
the family, media, education system, crime and deviance and issues of social inequality in society. We also look at sociological research skills.

Course content

Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s
subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state,
from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is Sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.
 
Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyses and explains
important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. At the
personal level, Sociology investigates the social causes and consequences of such
things as racial and gender identity, family conflict and deviant behaviour. At the
societal level, Sociology examines and explains matters like poverty and wealth,
prejudice and discrimination and schools and education.The GCSE course looks at
how we develop in society – our culture and identity. We will focus on the role of
the family, media, education system, crime and deviance and issues of social inequality in society. We also look at sociological research skills.

Entry requirements

You will need at least three GCSEs at grades A* to C, including English Language. This course is designed for those with a strong interest in studying how society evolves
and operates.

Assessment

The course is all examination based with exams taken at the end of the year, usually
in May.

Future opportunities

The GCSE course is a great platform for students to go on to A Level study and
eventually Higher Education. In recent years these courses have included Sociology,
Social Studies, Psychology, Law, Business Studies, Film Studies and Engineering. The jobs taken up also cover a wide range including Marketing, Law, Civil Service, Social Work and Teaching.

Further information

Contact Name: George Stylianou (Curriculum Leader - Humanities)
Contact Email: gstylianou@jcc.ac.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: SOGC-DJH118
  • Web url: http://www.jcc.ac.uk

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      The Chamberlain Health & Fitness Centre comprises a gym with state-of-the-art cardiovascular, resistance and cable equipment. The Sports Hall is able to host a wide range of sports and we provide sporting activities that cater for students with all levels of abilities and sporting performance.
       
      The Recording Studio is a fantastic music facility which utilises the latest digital technology. They have been designed to give students the opportunity to create industry standard work.
       
      Music Practice Rooms are fantastic facilities for bands and ensembles to practice, as well as being an environment for solo practice.
       
      The Main Hall is a fully-equipped professional performance space capable of holding audiences in excess of 200. It has become the venue for a variety of exciting performances and events. 
       
      The Film Studio has high specification facilities for film studio for video and sound recording as well as a chromakeycurtain/green screen for superimposing video work onto any background.
       
      The Learning Resources Suite with both book and online resources, supervised support and guidance. Stock is selected to not only underpin the curriculum but to encourage leisure interests and reading for pleasure. The Learning Resources Suite provides not only the library but adjacent facilities for drop-in computer use and a separate group study area. In addition, a wide range of information about careers and higher education, in both electronic and paper form, is available.
       
      The Science Department contains eight state-of-the-art laboratories catering for all the science curricula delivered in the College.
       
      We have extensive network of, wired and wireless, computers have high speed internet connections giving you unlimited access to the World Wide Web. Creative departments such as Art, Design & Media are fully furnished with state of the art iMacs. Alongside these students will have access to MacBook’s for independent work. The iMacs and MacBook’s are equipped with professional software allowing high quality production of video, graphics and photography work. Art & Design facilities also include specialist pottery equipment and photographic dark rooms.
       
      Research 
      Success in your courses depends on many things, not least the research facilities available to you. Our high level resources, specifically designed to support the sixth form College curriculum, will give you the best chance of success.
      However, we realise that the vast amount of information available can make searching difficult so our teachers build the best internet resources into courses, giving you the most appropriate links for your particular syllabus. And of course, books. The library has thousands of copies available for loan with additional copies for reference.
       
      New building opening September 2015
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