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Sociology AS/A level at The Rodillian Academy

Course description

Year 12:
Education 
Students study changes to the education system and the impact this has on achievement for different groups in society. Answering questions such as why do girls do better than boys? Why should some have a better education than others? 
Research Methods 
Students investigate how Sociologists study society, looking at the different research methods used and the different forms of data.
Methods in Context (Education) Students look at existing research carried out by Sociologists into Education, looking at the variety of problems and issues that have been encountered. Students will carry out their own small scale piece of research.
Families and households. Students study the different types of families and households that exist in the UK today, looking at how these have evolved over time. Students would learn about different theoretical perspectives and apply this knowledge looking at the functions of the family in society.
Year 13:
Theory and Methods
Students examine different theories that exist within Sociology, looking at the impact of these on our understanding of society and how theoretical perspectives can impact on choice of research methods. As well as looking at the long term impact of Sociology on social policy and everyday life.
Crime and Deviance. 
Students investigate why we have crime and deviance in society as well as broadening their knowledge of theoretical perspectives.  
Beliefs in Society Students investigate the different religions and belief systems in society asking is religion still relevant in a postmodern society. Looking at the growth of sects and cults, as well as the apparent decline of Christianity. 

Course content

Year 12:
Education 
Students study changes to the education system and the impact this has on achievement for different groups in society. Answering questions such as why do girls do better than boys? Why should some have a better education than others? 
Research Methods 
Students investigate how Sociologists study society, looking at the different research methods used and the different forms of data.
Methods in Context (Education) Students look at existing research carried out by Sociologists into Education, looking at the variety of problems and issues that have been encountered. Students will carry out their own small scale piece of research.
Families and households. Students study the different types of families and households that exist in the UK today, looking at how these have evolved over time. Students would learn about different theoretical perspectives and apply this knowledge looking at the functions of the family in society.
Year 13:
Theory and Methods
Students examine different theories that exist within Sociology, looking at the impact of these on our understanding of society and how theoretical perspectives can impact on choice of research methods. As well as looking at the long term impact of Sociology on social policy and everyday life.
Crime and Deviance. 
Students investigate why we have crime and deviance in society as well as broadening their knowledge of theoretical perspectives.  
Beliefs in Society Students investigate the different religions and belief systems in society asking is religion still relevant in a postmodern society. Looking at the growth of sects and cults, as well as the apparent decline of Christianity. 

Entry requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above from different subjects, including English and Maths.

Assessment

Sociology is 100% exam.  AS is two exams, both 1 hour 30 minutes long, both worth 50% of AS. A-Level is three exams, each 2 hours long and worth 33.3% of the A-level. The exams are made up of a mixture of short mark questions and essay questions for both AS and A-Level.

Future opportunities

Sociology will help with careers working with others or the public sector, for example: Teaching, Social Work, Police, Law, Educational Psychology, Human Resources, Media, Probation Officer, Researcher, Nursing and other Health professions.

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: 09 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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