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Sociology at Holyhead

Course description

Course Overview

Sociology enables you to focus on your personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and to develop a lifelong interest in the social issues that affect us on a daily basis. Who holds power? Why is this? Why do inequalities exist? Is society truly fair, and, are we really, as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights declares, all born free and equal?

Skills Needed

The ability to write extended pieces of writing is crucial as the examinations feature a number of essay questions. An interest in society and contemporary debates is highly beneficial and the ability to make links between topics and concepts ensures access to the highest grades.

Course content

Year 1

Component 1a - socialisation, culture and identity - an introduction to key themes, issues and perspectives.

Component 1b - youth subcultures - applying skills and knowledge from 1a to the social debates surrounding youth.

Component 2 - researching and understanding social inequalities - understanding sand applying the specific skills used to effectively research different groups in society.

Year 2
Component 1 - the sociology of education, methods in context and research methods.
Component 2 -one of: culture & identity, families, health and work, poverty and welfare. PLUS one of: beliefs in society, global development, the media or stratification and differentiation.
Component 3 - crime and deviance, theory and methods.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including Maths

Grade B in GCSE English


Year 1

Component 1A: AS-level is 100% examination. It is made up of 2 x 1.5 hour examinations. Both units feature source material.

Component 1B - features approximately 6 compulsory questions ranging from 2 - 20 marks.

Component 2 - features approximately 9 questions ranging from 2 - 20 marks.

Year 2

Assessment at A-level is 100% examination.
It is made up of three two hour exams.
Components 1 and 3 are all compulsory questions while component 2 features optional questions.
All components feature source material and 6 compulsory questions.
Component 1 - features questions ranging from 6 - 30 marks.
Component 2 - features questions ranging from 10 - 20 marks.
Component 3 - features questions ranging from 4 - 30 marks.

Further information

Enrichment Opportunities

Mentoring opportunities from university students, master classes and Taster Days at local universities while recent trips have included events run by ex convicts and prison wardens about the criminal justice system, relevant cinema screenings and the Galleries of Justice.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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