Sociology AS A2 at Prince William School
AIMS OF THE COURSESociology is essentially the study of people in social groups. The course aims to provide students with an opportunity to understand and analyse contemporary societies by applying to their sociological concepts, theories and methods together with their own experiences. They also have the chance to carry out their own investigation on a subject of their own choice. The course is a modular one and AS will be taken in the summer of Year 12 and A2 in the summer of Year 13. COURSE DESIGN AND CONTENTThe Sociology A level is divided into 6 modules. Every module can be taken twice. Modules can be sat in January or June each year.AS Year 12MODULE 1 EXAMShort answers and two essaysMODULE 2 EXAMShort answers and two essaysMODULE 3 EXAM CourseworkFamilyWhat is family?Why do we live in families?What has happened to marriage, divorce and cohabitation rates?Do men and women have the same jobs in the home and why?EducationWhat are schools for?Why are girls getting better grades?Coursework:Research Proposal1200 words Total 17½%Total 17½%Total 15%A2 Year 13MODULE 4 EXAMShort Data Response Questionsand 1 EssayMODULE 5 EXAMShort Answer Questionsand 1 EssayMODULE 6 EXAM2 Short Answersand 1 EssayPower and PoliticsWho has the most power in the UK?What are political parties for?How powerful is the media?Theory and MethodsHow do Sociologists research the social world?What is Marxism, Feminism etc?Crime and DevianceWho commits crime?How should we punish criminals?How useful are criminal statistics?Total 15%Total 15%Total 20% TEACHING METHODSStudents will be required to apply concepts and theories to issues relating to contemporary societies. Debate and discussion are essential elements of the subject, which also requires the ability to read and understand a variety of tasks to be able to take appropriate notes, to write comprehensive essays and to carry out research. A range of teaching methods, both formal and informal will be applied. Guest speakers are used to bring current practice to life e.g. Local MP’s, police officers, criminology lecturers and researchers.
We would expect students who choose Sociology to have a grade B in English GCSE due to the demands of the course, and a good grade (B or above) in one of the Humanities subjects. Exceptions will be considered on a personal basis.
The AS paper has three modules in total. There are data response questions with research proposal in Module 3 (15%). The A2 paper has three modules in total. The Power Politics exam is done in January, the other two exams are due in June of Year 13. There are no coursework modules in Year 13.
Sociology A level provides a relevant qualification for entry into Higher Education. It is also of considerable value for students wishing to pursue careers that involve working with people; these include teaching, law, research work, the police force, social work, marketing, journalism, media and all types of management positions.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Prince William School directly.