Accessibility links

Sociology AS/A2 at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

A level Sociology is an exciting course which gives a detailed insight into the study of our society – how it works what happens when there is conflict and major issues such as income, social class, the family and education.  Students study textbooks, surveys and newspapers and use both primary and secondary data.  Students who have not previously studied Sociology can capably study the A level and are welcomed and encouraged to do so. 

Course content

AS

Component 1A – Introducing socialisation, culture.

  • What is culture, socialisation and identity?

Component 1BFamilies and relationships

  • Family diversity
  • Changing roles and relationships within families

Component 2A – Research methods & social inequalities

  • What is the relation between theory and methods?
  • What are the main stages of the research process?
  • What methods are used in sociological research?

Component 2B – Understanding social inequalities

  • What are the main patterns and trends in social inequality in relation to Class and Gender?
  • How can patterns and trends be explained?
  • Functionalism  /  Marxism   /  Feminism

 

A2

The A level will cover exactly the same components as the AS level but will also include:

Component 2B – Understanding social inequalities

  • What are the main patterns and trends in social inequality in relation to Ethnicity and Age?
  • How can patterns and trends be explained?
  • Weberianism  /  New Right

Component 3A - Globalisation and digital social world

  • What is the relationship between globalisation and digital forms of communication?
  • What is the impact of digital forms of communication in a global context?

Component 3B - Education

  • What is the role of education in society?
  • What are the patterns and trends of educational inequalities?
  • How can differential educational achievement be explained?
  • How has the UK education system changed?

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements for sixth form - 5 A*-C GCSEs, including English and usually Maths.  Further information in our prospectus.  This is available on our website www.stjohnfisherschool.org.uk

Specific entry requirement for this subject - C or above in GCSE English

Assessment

AS  - Each unit has an exam.  There are 2 exams

A2 -  Each unit has an exam.  There are 3 exams

Future opportunities

Sociology has become a central part of specialist training courses for professions such as teaching, policing, social work, nursing and health care, journalism and management. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2015
Provider logo

Key information

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

Venues