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Sociology at Sprowston Community High School

Course description

Sociology examines how societies are organised, how people are united and divided in different cultural and social arrangements, and how people see societies and identities. Sociology is a challenging and fascinating subject which offers insights into changes and continuities in our lives. The subject is taught by a very experienced and enthusiastic staff, with a department that achieves top grades at A Level. It is a popular subject that offers a range of learning possibilities.

Students engage in discussion, debate and regularly conduct presentations. A high level of literacy is required in order to undertake extensive reading and note taking and to be able to write good essays. You are expected to have an interest in current affairs by reading newspapers and examining current research. You should have an enquiring and critical mind and be prepared to explore and ask questions about the society in which you live, re-examining many taken for granted ideas. There are opportunities throughout the year to attend outside school conferences and revision programmes. One enjoyable and popular day is the visit to the British Museum for the annual London Anthropology Day.

THE COURSE The course is 100% written examination.

AS LEVEL Unit one: Families and households examines the relationships within families, the roles of family members, the impact of government policies and laws, changing society, demography and family diversity. Unit two: Education with research methods examines the role of education in society; how class, gender and ethnicity affect attainment; the impact of educational policies; the application of research methods to the study of education.

A2 LEVEL Unit three: Beliefs in Society examines different sociological theories of religion; the relationship between religion and social change; the organisation of religion in society; the changing nature of religion worldwide focusing on globalisation. Unit four: Crime and deviance with theory and methods examines different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control; the social distribution of crime focusing on aspects such as class, gender and ethnicity; globalisation and crime in contemporary society; green crime and state crimes; the role of the media; crime prevention, punishment and victims; the sociological study of suicide; sociological theory and the application of methods to the study of crime and deviance.

Entry requirements

To study A Level courses you will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSE Grades A*-C in full courses including either English or Maths. C grade or higher in GCSE English Language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sprowston Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 May 2014

Key information

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