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Sociology at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

This course will enable students to

  • Acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary  social processes and structures including an awareness of cultural diversity and the processes of differentiation and stratification.
  • Appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate.
  • Understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods.
  • Reflect on their own experience of the social world in which they live and apply their knowledge and understanding of Sociology to everyday life
  • Develop skills which enhance their ability to participate more effectively in adult life.

Course content

A Level

Unit 1 - Socialisation, culture and identity

  • Introducing socialisation, culture and identity
  • Themes developed through the context of families and relationships.

Unit 2 - Researching and understanding social inequalities.

  • Research methods and researching social inequalities.
  • Understanding social inequalities.

Unit 3 - Debates in contemporary society

  • Globalisation and the digital social world
  • Debates explored through a detailed study of Education

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Maths.

Assessment

Unit 1 - Socialisation, culture and identity

  • Written examination (90 mins), 30% of total A level

Unit 2 - Researching and understanding social inequalities

  • Written examination (135 mins), 35% of total A level

Unit 3 - Debates in contemporary society

  • Written examination (135 mins), 35% of total A level 

Future opportunities

Sociology is an absorbing, interesting and rewarding subject which is very relevant to life today. lt is a recognised advanced level subject for entry to University and Higher Education and is a useful stepping stone to further study in any of the social science areas.

Sociology is especially relevant to those wishing to pursue careers in social administration or social work, education, marketing and its specialist areas, the police force and, in fact, any area in which an inside knowledge of the working of British  society is a prerequisite.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 March 2016

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