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A Level Sociology at The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy

Course description

Sociology is the study of how human behaviour is influenced by living in social situations. It explores how people learn culture, beliefs and patterns of behaviour, and how interactions with others shape our identity. Sociologists use research and evidence to develop theories about social issues. Sociology complements other subjects such as Psychology, History and Politics. Lessons are varied, employing a variety of teaching techniques including research, debate and presentations. It is a lively, academic subject for students with enquiring minds.

What will I be studying?
Unit 1 is ‘Families and Households’. This unit examines the role of families in society and how they have changed. Students explore problems within the family, such as divorce, domestic violence etc, and consider how the nature of childhood has changed over time.
Unit 2 is ‘Education plus Research Methods’. This unit includes theories on the role of education in society. It examines the reasons behind the statistics on different groups’ chances of success in school, and how pupil-teacher interactions can affect a child’s chances. This unit also includes the methods used by sociologists when they carry out their research, and the theories which underpin their work. This includes a wide range of research examples into criminal gangs, religious cults, football hooligans, and youth culture.

Unit 3 studies ‘Beliefs in Society’. This examines the function of religious beliefs in society and considers whether society is getting less religious. It looks at different types of religion, and explores people’s reasons for joining religious sects and cults.
Unit 4 looks at ‘Crime and Deviance’. This unit includes different explanations for crime, and considers how it could be reduced. It examines whether crime statistics are accurate and whether the picture they give of the ‘typical criminal’ is realistic. Students will look at how equitable the justice system is, and consider contemporary policing issues. This unit also includes a more detailed study of the theories and methods used by sociologists.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years