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Sociology at The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College

Course description

Sociology is the study of society. Most people take the way the world works for granted, but sociologists like to look beyond “common sense” explanations and ask questions to help explain why things happen. Sociological questions include “What different types of family exist in modern Britain?”, “Why has the divorce rate risen?”, “Has the role of women really changed?”, “Why are girls achieving more at school?”, “Does social class affect educational achievement?”, “Is the crime rate rising and if so, why?”, “Why is religion declining in western society?”

Sociology teaches students how to interpret and analyse information, to reach a conclusion based on careful evaluation of evidence, to recognise bias in evidence, and to be able to evaluate evidence critically. Students also learn research skills and how to structure their written thoughts in a logical fashion.

AS Level (7191)
This consists of two topics:
Paper 1 - Education and Methods in Context
Paper 2 - Section A: Research Methods and Section B: Families and Households.

A2 Level (7192)
This consists of three papers
Paper 1 - Education with Theory and Methods
Paper 2 - Topics in Sociology: Section A Families and Households and Section B - Beliefs in Society
Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in English. If this subject has been studied previously, GCSE grade B in Sociology is also required. An open and questioning mind is also an advantage.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2015
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