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Sociology A Level at The Knights Templar School

Course description

“The fascination of Sociology lies in the fact that its perspective makes us see in a new light the very world in which we have lived all our lives”- Peter Berger.

The aim of the course is to enable students to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes. The early years of the twenty-first century are seeing major changes in British society and an increase in the importance of global issues. It is against this background that the course is presented.

 There is an emphasis on developing skills and students are encouraged to analyse and evaluate sociological material and to present their ideas and arguments in a coherent and logical way.

Sociology is the science that challenges preconceptions. It gives students an understanding of society, and of how sociologists study and explain people's lives. Studying sociology will enable students to discuss social issues in a more informed and systematic way and it will help them to make sense of their own and other people's experiences.

It involves a critical appraisal of the nature of the distribution of wealth, power and opportunity, the role of the media, the barriers to development in other parts of the world and the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to solving society's most fundamental problems, including poverty, crime and the environment. An attempt is also made to employ a variety of methods to analyse society's institutions, such as the family.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English and Maths, for a full level 3 programme.

It is not necessary to have completed GCSE Sociology to study AS/A level. You must be prepared to read widely in areas of the course that interest you and to develop essay writing skills.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Knights Templar School directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years