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Sociology AS/A2 at Roundwood Park School

Course description

Sociology is the study of society, how it is organised and how it impacts upon the lives of individuals within it. As such a good way of defining it is as the last part of History. A significant portion of Sociology is applying theories about society and seeing if they are supported by the evidence or not.

Sociology is an evidence based academic subject that requires a high level of analytical skills and a significant knowledge base.

For AS Sociology you will study 2 units of content:

  • Families and Households. In this unit you will study how the family is viewed differently by competing theories in Sociology, how the family in the UK has changed over time and the changing nature of childhood in society.
  • Education and Research Methods. Here you will examine the different views on the role of education in society, how various social groups achieve differently in school and educational policies. You will study this in relation to the competing methods of carrying out research in Sociology.

For A2 Sociology you will study a further 2 units of content:

  • Power and Politics. This unit is effectively on political Sociology. In it you will study competing theories on the nature of power and how it is distributed in contemporary society, the role of the state in society, voting behaviour and contemporary political issues such as Globalisation.
  • Crime and Deviance and Research Methods. In unit 4 you will learn the competing Sociological explanations for crime and deviance, patterns of offending and victimisation with reference to competing methodological and theoretical perspectives in Sociology generally.

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a minimum of five GCSEs at Grade C or above, with B grades in relevant subjects (including English Language at grade B) for any advanced level course, including traditional A levels, Applied A levels and Advanced Vocational Awards. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Roundwood Park School directly.

Last updated date: 07 April 2015
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Key information

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