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Sociology AS A at Kettering Science Academy

Course description

This GCE Sociology specification has been designed so that candidates will acquire the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods, together with the application of a range of skills. It has also been designed to allow the integration of sociological themes, such as socialisation, culture and identity, and social differentiation, power and stratification. The specification provides a smooth transition from GCSE Sociology, although this is not a prerequisite for studying AS/A Level Sociology.

Course content

Unit 1 - SCLY1

Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare

40% of AS, 20% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour 60 marks

Candidates choose one topic from three and answer one question.

Each question consists of five parts.

Unit 2 - SCLY2

Education with Research Methods;

Health with Research Methods

60% of AS, 30% of A Level

Written paper, 2 hours 90 marks

Candidates choose one topic (Education or Health) and answer one question on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context and one question on research methods.

A2 Examinations

Unit 3 - SCLY3

Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics

20% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes 60 marks

Candidates choose one topic from four and answer one compulsory question and one question from a choice of two.

Unit 4 - SCLY4

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods;

Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

30% of A Level Written paper, 2 hours 90 marks

Candidates choose one topic and answer one question on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context and one question on theory and methods.

Entry requirements

Candidates who have Grade C in English Language or similar attainment at Key Stage 4 will find that those skills will suitably equip them for the study of this specification. However, no prior learning is necessary for candidates to undertake a course of study based on this specification and those candidates returning to study, as part of their lifelong learning, will need no previous attainment in this subject.

Future opportunities

The specification lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education. In addition, it provides a worthwhile course for candidates of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning. Equally, material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue careers in the field of Social Sciences.

Further information

If you want more information about Sociology you should talk to Mr Richardson

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kettering Science Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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