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Sociology at Spalding High School

Course description

INTRODUCTION  

“The fascination of sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new way the very world in which we have lived all our lives”  (Berger)

This course will enable students to develop an understanding of the way society functions and the way it shapes people’s ideas, social behaviour and culture. Sociology attempts to explain human behaviour by studying how the social groups, to which people belong, influence their actions and beliefs. Studying sociology at this level should provide an opportunity to develop critical awareness and an understanding of the social, economic and political world of the contemporary UK.

SKILLS NEEDED

A genuine interest in the workings of contemporary society is a must for this subject. There is a great deal of discussion in lessons.  Students must be prepared to listen to alternative viewpoints and not take them too personally! Students will also be expected to undertake wider reading to support the syllabus. Skills of analysis, interpretation and evaluation will be expected to be developed throughout the course.

As essay writing is the main method of assessment, the ability to express ideas clearly and fluently will be necessary.

Course content

SUBJECT CONTENT AT A LEVEL

There are three units

Unit 1:

Introducing socialisation, culture and identity. This will be developed in the context of families and relationships.

Unit 2:

Researching and understanding social inequalities.

Unit 3:

Globalisation and the digital social world. This debate will be studied through the education option.

SUBJECT CONTENT AT AS LEVEL

Unit 1 & 2 as above.

TEACHING METHODS

A variety of teaching methods are used. There are opportunities for class discussion and small group work. Stimulus material is provided and students are expected to share their ideas. 

Entry requirements

To achieve at least 6 grades, A* to C, at GCSE, including English language and mathematics.

Students are required to have a reference/report which clearly shows that they are suitable to undertake academic studies at A Level standard.

Assessment

METHOD OF ASSESSMENT

A Level is assessed by three examinations taken in summer.

Unit 1: Socialisation, culture and identity—1 hour 30 minutes

Unit 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities—2hour 15 minutes

Unit 3: Debates in contemporary society—2hour 15 minutes

AS Level—two examinations taken in Summer , each 1 hour 30 minutes

Future opportunities

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A sociology qualification is versatile and very useful for anyone wishing to go on to university. The skills of analysis and evaluation, together with those of written communication, are transferable across a wide range of degree courses. Sociology is of particular use to those considering careers in the ‘caring professions’ – medicine, teaching, social work, nursing, human resources and the media and many others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 December 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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