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Sociology A Level at Trinity Catholic High School

Course description

The A2 course is spread across two years

Year 1 covers Sociological Theory, Research Methods and topics within Sociology

Sociological Theory
- Functionalist perspective
- Marxist perspective
- Interactionist perspective
- Feminism perspective
- New right perspective
- Postmodernist theory

Research Methods
- Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; research design
- Sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics
- The distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data
- The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’
- Theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research.

- Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:
- The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure.
- Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society.
- Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning.
- The significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.

Work, Poverty and Welfare
- Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:
- The nature, existence and persistence of poverty in contemporary society.
- The distribution of poverty, wealth and income between different social groups.
- Responses and solutions to poverty by the state and by private, voluntary and informal welfare providers in contemporary society.
- Organisation and control of the labour process, including the division of labour, the role of technology, skill and de-skilling.
- The significance of work and worklessness for people's lives and life chances, including the effects of globalisation.

Entry requirements

6 GCSE grades A* - C| to include at least level 5 English Language and level 5 Mathematics


Paper 1:
Assessing the topic of Education with Methods in Context

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
60 marks in total
50% of AS level

Students to answer all questions:

Question 1 (2 marks)
Question 2 (2 marks)
Question 3 (6 marks)
Question 4 (10 marks)
Question 5 (20 marks)
Question 6 (20 marks)

Paper 2:
Assessing the topic knowledge of: Research Methods and topics in Sociology

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
60 marks in total
50% of AS level

Students to answer all questions in Section A:
Question 1 (4 marks)
Question 2 (16 marks)

In section B students to pick one topic and then answer all questions. As we are studying Work, Poverty and Welfare, students to answer:

Question 18(2 marks)
Question 19 (2 marks)
Question 20 (6 marks)
Question 21 (10 marks)
Question 22 (20 marks)

Future opportunities

Sociologists have a valuable contribution to make to all areas of life today, whether it be with individuals or for society as a whole e.g. community services, police, nursing. Sociologists are probably best known for their work in the health, criminal justice, government and education field.

Social services, community work, law, education, health service, teaching, publishing, business, insurance, media, teaching, government, human resources, probation, criminal justice system, journalism, banking, etc

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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