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Sociology A Level at New Mills School and Sixth Form

Course description

Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life. Sociology is exciting because it teaches people ways to recognise how they fit into the world and how others perceive them. Looking at themselves and society from a sociological perspective helps people see where they connect to different groups based on the many different ways they classify themselves and how society classifies them in turn. It raises awareness of how those classifications—such as economic and status levels, education, ethnicity, or sexual orientation—affect perceptions.

Sociology teaches people not to accept easy explanations. It teaches them a way to organize their thinking so that they can ask better questions and formulate better answers. It makes people more aware that there are many different kinds of people in the world who do not necessarily think the way they do. It increases their willingness and ability to try to see the world from other people's perspectives. This prepares them to live and work in an increasingly diverse and integrated world.

 
The Sociology A-Level course helps students develop a number of new skills. Students are encouraged to investigate and research; they must use evidence to build fluent and persuasive arguments. Using polls and surveys they will study, collate and analyze statistical data. From these they will prepare reports and communicate complex issues focusing on the challenges that society faces. Sociology prepares people for a wide variety of careers in areas as diverse as sales, public relations, journalism, teaching, law, and criminal justice. 
During the course lessons will vary; sometimes key knowledge will be communicated through teacher led sessions, often classes will be student led using enquiry based learning approaches. FLIP learning approaches are also used which involves students learning key knowledge at home in preparation for the lesson and in the lesson this knowledge is applied and checked for understanding. 
 

Course content

The Sociology A-Level course helps students develop a number of new skills. Students are encouraged to investigate and research; they must use evidence to build fluent and persuasive arguments. Using polls and surveys they will study, collate and analyze statistical data. From these they will prepare reports and communicate complex issues focusing on the challenges that society faces. Sociology prepares people for a wide variety of careers in areas as diverse as sales, public relations, journalism, teaching, law, and criminal justice.

During the course lessons will vary; sometimes key knowledge will be communicated through teacher led sessions, often classes will be student led using enquiry based learning approaches. FLIP learning approaches are also used which involves students learning key knowledge at home in preparation for the lesson and in the lesson this knowledge is applied and checked for understanding. 
 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New Mills School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 27 February 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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