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Sociology A Level at St Mark's Catholic School

Course description

Sociology comprises four key topics, thus enabling students to examine the following questions about society: How does society work? What has caused the rise in Religious Fundamentalism? What happens to those who break the rules? Why do some people succeed in school whilst others do not? Are equal opportunities for all an unrealistic expectation to have? What motivates people to join a gang? Are the working class the real criminals?
These questions and many more are examined by a sociological investigation of the society in which we live. Sociology is about understanding society and the world around us. We believe its task is to demonstrate that men and women create the society in which they live and it is within their power, ultimately, to change it. We take our society for granted until something goes wrong.

Course content

Firstly, the course enquires into a number of social areas relating to the way groups organise themselves and provide for their needs. We study two topics in Year 12 and a further two in Year 13. The topics on offer include: The Family, Crime & Deviance, Education and Religion and Beliefs. Secondly, we need to learn how to carry out Sociological investigations of our own. Doing this, we can gain an understanding of how sociologists gather the information necessary to draw conclusions about particular sociological issues. The work is assessed by a combination of essay questions, short questions and exam practice.


Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods - 3 hours
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology - 3 hours
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods - 3 hours
It is not necessary to have studied Sociology at GCSE leve

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mark's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 18 December 2017
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