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Sociology AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

Sociology is a highly academic subject that requires a wide range of reading and good essay skills. One cannot deny that it is a subject requiring hard, consistent effort, but it does have many rewards.

Sociology is the study of societies and cultures and how individuals and groups react and interact within them. In this respect it means that it offers insights into our complex and ever changing social world. Furthermore, the academic discipline and emphasis on evidence helps students move to a more analytical and less opinionated view of events.

Course content

AS Sociology is divided into two exam papers, each with two sections. Students will focus on substantive topics of Education and Families & Households and then Research methods as stand alone and also with application to the topic of Education.

A-level Sociology is more challenging and combines the topics learnt at AS level with the new topics of Crime & Deviance and Beliefs in Society. In the A-level students will also make developed links to sociological theory, to be examined in both paper 1 and paper 3.

The A-level assessment is more rigorous than the AS therefore students must draw on their knowledge from both year 12 and 13 in order to make the synoptic links necessary to succeed at advanced level.

Entry requirements

Minimum of 5x GCSE A*-C with at least a C grade in English.

Assessment

AS units in Year 12

  • Unit 1: Education & Methods in Context 
    50% of AS  
    Written Paper
    1 hour 30 minutes
  • Unit 2: Research Methods, Families & households 
    50% of AS  
    Written Paper
    1 hour 30 minutes

A-level Units in Year 13

  • Unit 1: Education, Methods in Context, Theory & Method 
    33.3% of A-level 
    2 hours
  • Unit 2: Families & households, Beliefs in Society 
    33.3% of A-level  
    2 hours
  • Unit 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods
    33.3% of A-level
    2 hours

Future opportunities

If you wish to explore the wide and complex issues that confront our society and are looking for a career in government and politics; police, law, medicine, social work, public services, advertising, personnel and other people orientated areas, then the study of Sociology would be invaluable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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