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A Level Sociology at Dover Christ Church Academy

Course description

This course is equivalent to one A level.

Work, Poverty and Welfare Unit:
The nature, existence and persistence of poverty in contemporary society and the distribution of poverty, wealth and income between different social groups.  The responses and solutions to poverty by the state and by private, voluntary and informal welfare providers in contemporary society.  The organisation and control of the labour process, including the division of labour, the role of technology, skill and de-skilling and the significance of work for people's lives and life chances, including the effects of globalisation.

Education Unit:
Different explanations of the role of the education system; different explanations of the different educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity; relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil subcultures, the hidden curriculum and the organisation of teaching and learning; the significance of state policies for an understanding of the role, impact and experience of education.

The Media Unit:
The new forms of media and their significance for an understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society.  The relationship between ownership and control of the media and the processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news.  The media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability and the relationship between the meda, their content and presentation, and audiences..

Crime and Deviance Unit:
Different crimes are studied in terms of their impact on the modern world and the theories behind crime.  The relationship between crime and globalisation, the control, prevention, punishment and the social composition of crime as well as research methods.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A-C

Future opportunities

You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology, become a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact Mr Bing at the Academy or ask your CXK Personal Adviser.

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: 02 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
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  • Number of planned places: 25

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