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SOCIOLOGY - AS & A2 Level at Astley Community High School

Course description

Sociology is a contemporary subject, which is very much connected to the present. It explains the way in which society works and how individuals live together and co-operate through social institutions such as the education system, the family, religious institutions and the law. Sociology examines the development of society and the theories of those who have observed it, such as Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim. Studying Sociology allows you to examine current affairs, how society works and the people within it.

Course content

AS Level Unit 1: Education and Methods: the role and purpose of education, including vocational education/training in contemporary society, the nature of social facts, and strengths and limitations of different sources of data. Psychology is the scientific study of human behaviour. You will look at different explanations for the way in which humans (and non-humans) behave. You will also spend time analysing evidence and theories and comparing research in order to be able to reach conclusions about a variety of topics including schizophrenia, aggression and gender development. You will look at how ideas and theories in each area of Psychology have developed, learn how to critically analyse evidence, and undertake some practical research. During your studies, you will have the chance to visit local university psychology faculties, and outside speakers will also visit the School to offer particular insight into different areas of the subject. 5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C, including English and Maths. AS Level Unit 1: Social influence, memory and attachment. Unit 2: Different approaches within the subject including: biopsychology, psychopathology, including phobias, depression and OCD, and finally research methods and the scientific process. A2 Level Unit 1: Social influence, memory and attachment. Unit 2: Different approaches within the subject including: the humanistic and psychodynamic approaches. Biopsychology including: brain research, scanning and biological rhythms. Research methods including: assessment of data and statistics. Unit 3: Schizophrenia, cognition and development, and forensic psychology. Exam based assessment. Higher Education: Educational Psychology, Clinical Psychology, Occupational Psychology, Business Management, Psychiatry and Teaching. Careers: Police, Nursing, Business Management, Human Resources, Hospitality, Counselling, Social Work, the Prison Service and Criminology. Unit 2: Families and Households: The relationship of the family with reference to the economy and to state policies, changing patterns within the family including marital status, gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships. A Level Unit 1: Education and Methods The role and purpose of education, including vocational education/training in contemporary society, the nature of social facts, and strengths and limitations of different sources of data. Unit 2: Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods Differing explanations of crime and deviance and social control, the role of the mass media, human rights, policing and crime control and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies. Unit 3: Families and Households The relationship of the family with reference to the economy and to state policies, changing patterns within the family including marital status, gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships).Beliefs in Society: religious organisations, including cults, sects etc. and significance of religion in the contemporary world.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs Grade A* to C including English Language.

Assessment

Exam-based assessment

Future opportunities

Higher Education: Sociology, Social Work, Social Policy, Criminology. Careers: Social Work, Counselling, Law Enforcement, Healthcare, Teaching, Journalism, Social PolicyOfficer, Government/Politics.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Astley Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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