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Sociology AS & A Level at Barking Abbey School

Course description

Have you ever wondered about the full story behind the important issues in our society? How will the unemployment that so many are now experiencing affect their lives, even after they have found work? Perhaps you feel like there is more to what you read in the papers or see on TV? For instance, why is the western world so obsessed with celebrity now? Have you wondered about changes in technology and the affect they are having on society? How are people using Facebook and other social sites? Do mobile phones make our lives more or less stressful?

If you are fascinated by the behaviour of others and why we act the way we do, then sociology is for you. Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human social behaviour, including the social dynamics of small groups of people, large organisations, communities, institutions and even entire societies. Sociologists are typically motivated by their desire to better understand social life, believing that this will help improve people’s lives through more enlightened and effective policies.

Course content

The following are important areas of study for each exam and topic area:

  1. Sociological theories, perspectives and methods
  2. The design of research used to gather data, including its strengths and weaknesses

Assessment

AS Level

  • Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
    1 hour 30 minutes exam
    60 marks
    50% of AS Level
  • Paper 2: Research Methods and Family Topic
    1 hour 30 minutes exam
    60 marks
    50% of AS Level

A Level

  • Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
    2 hour written exam
    80 marks
    33.3% of A-Level
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Beliefs in Society)
    2 hour written exam
    80 marks
    33.3% of A-Level
  • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
    2 hour written exam
    80 marks
    33.3% of A-Level

Future opportunities

If you choose to study sociology you will discover how to investigate these kinds of questions for yourself and begin to understand more about your own motivations and behaviours, gaining a wide range of very valuable skills that can be applied to almost any career.

Further information

For further information please speak to Miss Pudney – Head of Sociology

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 October 2016
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