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Sociology A Level at Corfe Hills School

Course description

Unit 3: (SCLY3) Beliefs in Society.  You  will study a wide variety of subjects to include: different theories of ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions, the relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability, religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices, the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context.

Unit 4: (SCLY4) Crime and Deviance. Theory and Methods. This unit allows you investigate and examine different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control, the social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime, globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the mass media and crime, crime control, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies. It will also include the sociological study of suicide and its theoretical and methodological implications.

Theory and Methods allows you to further your understanding of sociological research methods and theoretical issues such as, consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories, modernity and post-modernity. You will also explore the nature of science and the extent to which sociology can be regarded as scientific, the relationship between theory and methods, debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom, the relationship between sociology and social policy.

Course content

As a sociology student you must be prepared to express ideas and views, and to defend them in a logical manner. You will develop critical awareness and a sociological imagination in Year 13. Student involvement is essential as it makes the lessons more interesting for both students and teacher. Obviously we expect you to make arguments based on evidence and not prejudice. You will need to be aware of that many topics cover sensitive areas and you need to think of others in the classroom especially when dealing with issue of Religion, Social Class, Gender and Ethnicity


In the second year you will sit two papers, one of each of the learning groups you have studied.

Unit 3: Beliefs in Society. A 1 hour and 30 minutes examination which consists of data response and essay questions in January (40% of A2)

Unit 4: Crime and Deviance; theory and methods. A 2 hour examination consisting of data response and essay questions in May (60% of A2)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Corfe Hills School directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September