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Sociology AS/A Level (New Linear A level) at Heaton Manor School

Course description

Sociology is an immensely challenging and exciting discipline. It involves the study and explanation of human and social life, groups and societies. Sociologists are interested in understanding the ways in which society influences and shapes our lives.

Studying Sociology helps you make sense of your own experiences in society. It can give you new ways of seeing the world, encouraging you to question aspects of it you had previously taken for granted. Sociology can provide you with the ‘tools’ to become a better informed and more socially aware member of society.

Course content

Sociology is a wide-ranging subject involving many areas of social life, including: family and households, education, belief systems and crime and deviance. To enjoy Sociology you need to be interested in the world around you and have an open, enquiring mind. You will learn basic ‘theories’ or ways of looking at society and develop the skills to assess different views and reach conclusions. Within your studies you will encounter many debates, including;

1. Why do men commit more crime than women?
2. Do social classes still exist?
3. Why do girls generally out perform boys in GCSEs?
4. How do religious sects influence behaviour?
5. How has the family changed?

Entry requirements

A minimum of grade B pass in English is required for entry to this course.

Assessment

AS SCLY1 7191/1
Education with Methods in Context
Written Examination 1.5 hours 50% of total AS mark

AS SCLY2 7191/2
Research Methods and Families & Households
Written Examination 1.5 hours 50% of total AS mark

A Level 7192/1
Education with Theory & Methods
Written Examination 2 hours 33.3% of total A Level mark

A Level 7192/2

Families & Households and Beliefs in Society

Written Examination 2 hours 33.3% of total A Level mark

A Level 7192/3
Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods
Written Examination 2 hours 33.3% of total A Level mark

Future opportunities

Successful completion of AS/A2 Sociology will give access to a range of higher education opportunities. The knowledge and skills developed during the course enable students to pursue a variety of career choices including journalism, law, management, social services and human relations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Heaton Manor School directly.

Last updated date: 27 July 2016

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