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AS/A2 Sociology at St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

Introducing Socialising, Culture and Identity.  Students study the key concepts of culture, socialisation and identity whilst also exploring how sociologists collect their data.

 

Families and Relationships studying the role of the family as a central institution of socialisation and main transmitter of culture in UK society.

 

Research methods and researching Social Inequalities.  Students explore the methods of sociological enquiry and will conduct their own small scale research projects to help explain patterns of inequality in the contemporary UK. 

 

Globalisation and the digital social world .  We study the impact of the development of digital forms of communication such as   Facebook and other social media on society.

 

Crime & Deviance.  The social construction of crime and deviance, the role of agents of   social control and the law are studied as well as theoretical explanations of crime and deviance.  We look at who commits crime and how it can be reduced.

 

Course content

Introducing Socialising, Culture and Identity.  Students study the key concepts of culture, socialisation and identity whilst also exploring how sociologists collect their data.

 

Families and Relationships studying the role of the family as a central institution of socialisation and main transmitter of culture in UK society.

 

Research methods and researching Social Inequalities.  Students explore the methods of sociological enquiry and will conduct their own small scale research projects to help explain patterns of inequality in the contemporary UK. 

 

Globalisation and the digital social world .  We study the impact of the development of digital forms of communication such as   Facebook and other social media on society.

 

Crime & Deviance.  The social construction of crime and deviance, the role of agents of   social control and the law are studied as well as theoretical explanations of crime and deviance.  We look at who commits crime and how it can be reduced.

 

Entry requirements

Grade C pass or above in English at GCSE

Assessment

You will sit 3 examinations.  There is no coursework

One of the examinations involves a piece of sociological research and some of the questions will be based on this research.

 

Future opportunities

Careers directly related to Sociology include;

 

· A professional sociologist (at universities, research
institutes, think tanks)

· Teaching

· Lawyer

· Police

· Public sector work, e.g. Health authority, local govt,
probation service

· Human resources management

· Marketing, market research

· Public relations

· Social Work

· Journalism

 

Transferable skills include seeing things from different
perspectives, debating current affairs, ability to research and
interact with people from all walks of life.  These skills are essential in many professions.

 

Further information

Students will have the opportunity to experience a wide variety of different learning styles, from the traditional classroom based     lessons, to doing actual sociological research in ’the field’.

 

Students will also be expected to keep up to date with current affairs by watching good news programmes and reading quality newspapers.

 

Visits are organised annually, including; Manchester Crown Court to watch court proceedings in practice; London and The Houses of Parliament to get a greater insight into democracy in action.

 

 

Transport

Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided free during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes. Free before and after transport is also available to and from your home school if required.

 

Sociology will be taught at  the St Margaret Ward site.

 

 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Margaret Ward Catholic Academy - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Course code: OCR H181/H581

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Patricia Rhodes -Trinity Progress Manager SMW
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782 810400
    • Email address:
    • prhodes@sgfl.org.uk

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