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Sociology AS A2 at Guilsborough School

Course description

Sociology literally means the `Science of Society` and concerns itself with the study of people in social groups. It helps us to question `taken for granted` assumptions about society and to construct, challenge and think about how the society that we are living in will develop.

Course content

The AQA Sociology course aims to develop a student` s sociological and critical understanding of contemporary social processes and structures, reflecting on their own experience of the social world in which they live.

There are two core themes to the course:

  • Socialisation, Culture and Identity
  • Social Differentation, Power and Stratification

These will be understood and applied throughout the topics covered.

There are three units covered in Year 12:

Units 1 and 2 consist of Families and Households and Education , these units are examined, Unit 1 in January and Unit 2 in June.

Unit 3 is Sociological Methods and also takes the form of an examination looking at main methods and sources used by sociologists and their relationship to theory.

Unit 1 (AS) - Families and Households - 1 hour 15 minutes (35%)

Unit 2 (AS) - Education - 1 hour 15 minutes (35%)

Unit 3 (AS) - Sociological Methods - 1 hour (30%)

The A2 content allows students to demonstrate a deeper understanding of the connections between the nature of sociological thought, methods of sociological enquiry and substantive sociological topics.

Students study three areas; at present these are Religion , Theory and Methods and Crime and Deviance .

Unit 1 (AS) - Families and Households - 1 hour 15 minutes (17.5%)

Unit 2 (AS) - Education - 1 hour 15 minutes (17.5%)

Unit 3 (AS) - Sociological Methods - 1 hour (15%)

Unit 4 (A2) - Religion - 1 hour 30 minutes (15%)

Unit 5 (A2) - Theory and Methods - 1 hour 30 minutes (15%)

Unit 6 (A2) - Crime and Deviance - 1 hour 30 minutes (20%)

Entry requirements

Skills and attributes that students need to be successful:

  • An analytical/questioning mind
  • The ability to listen
  • Good communication and IT skills
  • A C grade in English Language will be beneficial

Future opportunities

Through taking Sociology at Guilsborough you will also develop the skills of Analysis, Evaluation and Application and cover the vital key skills of Communication, Numeracy and ICT, a must for Higher Education routes or prospective employers.

Further information

For further information please contact Mrs D Hampton-Riddington.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: AS Level - 1 year, A2 Level - 2 years