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Sociology A Level at Carmel College, a Catholic Academy

Course description

Sociology explores how society works. It is the systematic study of how people live, behave and work together in groups; it asks questions about the society we live in and tries to explain why it is the way it is. For example….why do females consistently outperform males at most levels of the English education system? Why are there so many more males in prison than females? What functions do families perform and what happens when families break down? And how can we study society in order to perhaps address these social issues?]

Students find sociology really interesting. It often asks the questions they’ve never thought of. If you are interested in the world in which you live this could be the subject for you.

Course content

In sociology we study a number of key areas:

  1. Education-how the education system in England works, state policies, the achievement of those from different social classes, genders and ethnic groups together with factor influencing achievement both within the school system and outside.
  2. Families– different types, the functions they perform, what happens when families break down and how childhood has developed over time.
  3. Crime and Deviance-how does the criminal justice system work, why are some people more likely to commit crime and examples of both national and international crime.
  4. Beliefs in Society-what are cults and why might some people find them attractive? What function does religion perform for society?
  5. Research Methods-how we study something as complex as society and advantages and disadvantages of these methods
  6. Theory-we look at different theories which can be applied to help us understand society-for example Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism and Post-Modernism

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English Language

Future opportunities

Sociology is an A Level that requires students to think and debate and therefore it develops lots of skills. It opens numerous career opportunities for example research, journalism, law, police, teaching, social work….the list is endless.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College, a Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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