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Sociology A-Level at St Leonards Catholic School

Course description

Anthony Giddens (“Sociology”, 1989) provides the following general definition: “Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, having as its subject matter our own behaviour as social beings. The scope of sociology is extremely wide, ranging from the analysis of passing encounters between individuals in the street up to the investigation of world-wide social processes”. The course follows the AQA specification.

Course content

AS LEVEL
  • Education and research methods in the context of education.
  • Research methods.
  • Families and Households
These three modules investigate the underlying principles of sociology and examine ideas and concepts such as:
  • the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change. Family diversity. The nature and extent of changes within the family with reference to gender roles, domestic labour, power relationships and the nature of childhood. Demographic trends in the UK since 1900.
  • the role and purpose of education. Differential educational achievement of social groups. Relationships and processes within schools. The significance of educational policies and the application of sociological research methods to the study of education.
  • the different ways in which sociologists study society.
A LEVEL
  • Beliefs in society-different theories of ideology, science and religion. The study of religious organisations. The relationship between different social groups and religion. The significance of religion in the contemporary world.
  • Crime and deviance, research methods in the context of crime and deviance-different theories of crime and deviance. The social distribution of crime. Globalisation and crime in contemporary society-the mass media and crime, green crime; human rights and state crime. Crime control. The sociological study of suicide. The connections between sociological theory and methods to the study of crime and deviance.
  • Sociological theory and methods- this builds upon skills acquired in Year 1
  • This section engages students in theoretical debate while encouraging an active involvement with the research process. Students will foster a critical awareness of contemporary social processes and draw together knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in different aspects of the course.

Entry requirements

  • each applicant must achieve at least eight GCSE or equivalent Level 2 Qualification passes at grade A*-G
  • each applicant must achieve at least five GCSE passes1 at grade A*-C
  • each applicant must achieve at least four GCSE B grades including at least a grade B2 in each subject to be taken at AS Level (see course entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy).
  • any applicant wishing to study a science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) at AS Level must achieve at least a grade B in GCSE Additional Science if taking double science rather than separate sciences. If taking separate sciences then the applicant must achieve at least a grade B in the science subject to be taken at AS Level.
  • any applicant wishing to study a subject at AS that they are not currently studying at GCSE must consult the list of entry requirements listed in section 6 of this admissions policy.
  • any applicant currently studying a subject at GCSE that they wish to continue to study at AS must achieve at least a grade B in that subject at GCSE.
  • each applicant must study a minimum of four AS Level courses to completion in Year 12 and a minimum of three A2 Level courses to completion in Year 13.
  • each applicant must study the General Religious Education Course to completion

Future opportunities

Students of Sociology have a wide range of occupations open to them. It is especially useful for law, medicine, careers in journalism and media, teaching, social work, social policy and research, probation work and prison work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Leonards Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 22 April 2015

Key information

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

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