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Sociology AS/A2 Level at The Bulwell Academy

Course description


The course is suitably demanding, leading students to develop an interest in social issues, and will enable students to independently analyse and comment on issues, thus providing a firm foundation for study in Higher Education. It is examination based.

Course content


During this course you will study four units as follows:

Unit 1 – SCLY1 Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare

The unit examines the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and state policies. Students will also study the changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life-course and diversity of contemporary family and household structures. Furthermore, the nature of childhood and demographic trends (birth rates, death rates and family size) in the UK since 1900 are considered.

Unit 2 - SCLY2 Education with Research Methods

This unit gives candidates the opportunity to study many aspects of the subject of education such as the role and purpose of education including vocational education and training in contemporary society, differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity.

The application of social research methods to the study of education will also be applied. For example, questionnaires, interviews, participant and non participant observation and official statistics; the strengths and limitations of these sources will be discussed.

Unit 3 - SCLY3 Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics

The emphasis in this unit is on the relationship between ownership and control of the mass media. Also, students will study the mass media, globalisation and popular culture and their relationship between the mass media and audiences.

Unit 4 - SCLY4 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods; Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

This unit encourages students to look at different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control, the social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.

Entry requirements


Entry on to this course will require you to achieve 5 GCSEs including English.


Written Exam 100%

Future opportunities


  • Progression to higher education
  • Careers such as journalism, teaching, communications, politics

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bulwell Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 May 2015

Key information

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