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Sociology AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

Sociology is about the study of human social behaviour within society. It looks specifically at how components of society work and how its different parts influence each other on a global scale. It also looks at how people’s ideas and social behaviour are influenced by the society in which they live and how, at the same time, people can influence and change society. Sociology is a subject that takes away the blinkers that many people have throughout life, it will provide you with explanations and justifications, often biased, as to why people act and behave within society in the way they do

Course content

Integral Elements

All the following should be an integral part of the study of each topic area:

  • Sociological theories, perspectives and methods
  • The design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and weaknesses
  • Attention must be given to drawing out the links studied

Core Themes 

  • Candidates must study the following two core themes:
  • Socialisation, culture and identity
  • Social differentiation, power and stratification The themes should be understood and applied to particular substantive areas of sociology.

However, these themes are to be interpreted broadly as threads running through many areas of social life and should not therefore be regarded as discrete topics.

  • In addition, students must understand the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social actions and the role of value.

Entry requirements

Sociology is useful in a wide variety of careers especially in social work, teaching, nursing, the police, personnel work, banking, management and the Civil Service. Many Sociology students continue into Higher Education and study a wide variety of subjects including Sociology. They find that Sociology is a useful qualification for a whole range of Higher Education courses.

Assessment

AS Level

Education with Methods in Context

  • Education: Functions of the education system, educational achievement, social class, gender, ethnicity, reference to teacher/student relationships, student identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, the organisation of teaching and learning and educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation, privitisation and globalisation.
  • Methods in Context: Students must be able to apply sociological research methods to the study of education.
  • Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes (60 marks, 50% of AS level)

Research Methods & Topics in Sociology

  • Research Methods: Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; research design, sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics, primary and secondary data. The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’. The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic.
  • Topics in Sociology - Families & Households: The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies, marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, family and household structures, gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships, nature of childhood and changes in the status of children in the family and society and demographic trends in the United Kingdom.
  • Exam – 1 hour 30 minutes (6 marks, 50% of AS level)

A Level

Education with Theory & Methods

  • Education: See AS course
  • Methods in Context: See AS course
  • Theory & Methods: See AS course. Theories, whether sociology is a science, relationship between theory and methods, subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom, social policy
  • Exam – 2 hours (80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)

Topics in Sociology

  • Families and Households: See AS course
  • Beliefs in Society: Ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions, social change and social stability, religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, religiosity in the contemporary world, secularisation in a global context.
  • Exam – 2 hours (80 marks, 33.3% of A level)

Crime & Deviance and Thery & Methods

  • Crime & Deviance: Crime, deviance, social order and social class, globalisation and crime in contemporary society, media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes, crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.
  • Theory and Methods: See AS and A2 course

Future opportunities

Sociology is useful in a wide variety of careers especially in social work, teaching, nursing, the police, personnel work, banking, management and the Civil Service. Many Sociology students continue into Higher Education and study a wide variety of subjects including Sociology. They find that Sociology is a useful qualification for a whole range of Higher Education courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brine Leas School directly.

Last updated date: 04 October 2016

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