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Sociology A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

Sociology is an exciting subject which explores human social behaviour and the societies in which human beings live. Human behaviour is very complex but much of it is ‘patterned’; people do not generally act randomly. Sociology is interested in these patterns and what causes people to act in certain ways. It is also interested in how society influences people and how families, peers, television, etc. can all influence us and mould our thoughts and behaviour. Sociology scrutinises issues at the heart of society, such as the role of the police, the effectiveness of schools, the changing state of the family, the legal system, youth subcultures, religious sects and media violence. Sociology aims to help you to be more critical of the world around you. You are invited to challenge the way you think about the world you live in.
Sociology shapes your thinking and gives you the skills to analyse social life in a mature and balanced fashion.


Education with research methods - Weighting 33.3% of
A-Level. Examination - 2 hours (80 marks)
Content: To what extent does your home background impact upon your chances of success at school? Why do girls outperform boys? What is the role of education? How have government policies impacted upon education? How do sociologists
research issues in society?
Families & Households Sociology of Beliefs - Weighting 33.3% ofA-Level. Examination - 2 hours (80 marks)
Content: What is the role of the family? To what extent has family life changed in recent years? Why has divorce increased? To what extent have our views about childhood changed in recent years? Is religion a  force for good or bad? Why are some people more attracted to religion than others. What does the rise in religious fundamentalism mean for society?
Crime and deviance with theory and methods - Weighting 33.3% of A-Level. Examination - 2 hours (80 marks)
Content: Why do we punish people? Why do people commit crime? Is the criminal justice system racist? What is ‘green’ crime? Does the media encourage more crime to take place? Why do men commit more crime than women? How can we prevent crime?

Future opportunities

Sociology is valuable for any career which deals with people and their behaviour. These can range from the more obvious careers such as social work, nursing and the police to the less obvious, market research, retail management and the legal profession. Sociology is also useful because of the skills that it develops such as in research, data analysis and the communication and presentation of ideas. Here, sociology is beneficial for people entering areas such as journalism, television production, government research agencies and social planning. In fact, the list is endless, where there are people involved, there is a use for sociology. Many sociological consultants are used by industry and government, and training in various occupations have a sociology element

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 13 September 2016
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    • If you are looking to join an excellent Sixth Form where you will achieve good results and have a great time too, Ferndown Upper School is the place for you!

      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
      • Enjoy music and sports.
      • Receive clear guidance on future work options and applications to university.

      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

      Furthermore, to ensure that we are offering the best educational and pastoral support, each student is linked to a tutor who will guide them through Sixth Form and will monitor their progress through regular academic mentoring sessions. The tutor is the first contact for students and parents for information and guidance. Tutors can arrange career appointments in school, set in motion information requests to subjects to check academic progress and can organise meetings between students, subject staff and parents.

      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.