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Sociology A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Sociology is about…

 

Sociology is the scientific study of social structures and interactions and studying it will permanently change the way you look at the world. Sociology is widely accepted by universities and provides students with an academically rigorous subject. You will learn to look at your family in a more analytical light and you will discuss, among other things, the variety of groupings of people we call ‘family’, does childhood actually exist or has it been made up by humans and who is really in charge in your household set up. In addition, you will get greater insight into the education you are undergoing, its history and what successive governments have tried to do about the problems in education. You will also learn how sociologists get information – the strengths and limitations of a questionnaire, for instance do people tell fibs when answering researchers’ questions. In essence, you will acquire a deeper insight into the world around you. In year 13 you will learn about contemporary issues such as religious extremism, crime and the impact of a rising divorce rate.

 

There are three units in the A Level:

 

Unit 1 Education with Research Methods

Unit 2 Topics in Sociology (Families/Households and Beliefs in Society)

Unit 3 Crime and Deviance with Research Methods

Course content

Sociology is the scientific study of social structures and interactions and studying it will permanently change the way you look at the world. Sociology is widely accepted by universities and provides students with an academically rigorous subject. You will learn to look at your family in a more analytical light and you will discuss, among other things, the variety of groupings of people we call ‘family’, does childhood actually exist or has it been made up by man and who is really in charge in your household set up. In addition, you will get greater insight into the education you are undergoing, its history and what successive governments have tried to do about the problems in education. You will also learn how sociologists get information – the strengths and limitations of a questionnaire, for instance do people tell fibs when answering researchers’ questions. In essence, you will acquire a deeper insight into the world around you.

Entry requirements

Students must have a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.

APS: 5.5

Future opportunities

Endless. A number of our students go on to universities to study Sociology and then take up any number of professions – teaching, journalism and banking are examples. There are also a large number of related job opportunities to which a Sociology degree will give you access – not the least of which is social work. Sociology has also been the degree of choice of students who, with further training, have gone on to become lawyers.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification contact Mr Coulson or Dr Cullen at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via sixthform@snlp.org.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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