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A Level Sociology at Holmer Green Senior School

Course description

Sociology is the study of societies and other social institutions, their effects on people and how people operate within them.

Students will explore two core themes:
- Socialisation (the process by which a child becomes integrated into society by adopting its norms and values), culture and identity.
- Social differentiation (illustrated by the study of gender, class, ethnicity and age), power and stratification.

These themes will be applied to particular areas of sociology such as families and households, wealth, poverty and welfare, education and health.

The course includes beliefs in society, crime and deviance alongside methods of sociological enquiry. During the course you will:

- Acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes.
- Appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate.
- Understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods.


Course content

AS Structure

Unit 1: Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare. The written paper lasts 1 hour and makes up 40% of the total AS marks. 20% of A Level. Candidates choose one topic from three and answer five questions.

Unit 2: Education with Research Methods; Health with Research Methods. The written paper lasts 2 hours and makes up 60% of the total AS marks and 30% of A level. Candidates choose one topic (Education or Health) and answer four questions on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context and four questions on research methods.

Unit 3: SCLY3. Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics. 20% of A Level, 1 hour 30 minutes. Candidates choose one topic from four and answer two compulsory questions 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% A Level. Candidates choose one topic from two and answer two questions on the chosen topic, one question on Sociological research methods in context and one question on theory and methods.

Future opportunities

Employment opportunities:
Material studied is useful for students intending to pursue careers in the field of Social Sciences.

Further Education opportunities:
Sociology is accepted at universities as a social science. It complements many courses including English, Psychology, Communication Studies and Geography.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Holmer Green Senior School directly.

Last updated date: 30 April 2015
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