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Sociology A Level at North Leamington School

Course description

Sociology offers a distinct and illuminating perspective on human behaviour. Learning Sociology means taking a step back from our own personal interpretations of the world, to look at the social influences that shape our lives. It gives us a richer awareness of our own characteristics and those of others. The scope of Sociology is extremely wide, ranging from the study of ethnic gender and class groups to the significance of globalisation. You will learn to be analytical, to question assumptions – your own included - about what is normal and natural in society. Are you willing to look at the world in a different way? You will be expected to take an interest in current affairs, debate issues, research evidence, and be prepared to read widely around relevant topics.

Course content

There will be three exams at the end of Year 13, one each for Christianity, Philosophy and Ethics, each two hours long.

Christianity Content
- Religious figures and sacred texts (Jesus and the Bible)
- Religious concepts and religious life (The Nature of God, Trinity, Atonement)
- Social and historical developments (wealth, migration, discrimination)
- Religious Practices and Identity (Baptism, Eucharist, Festivals)

Philosophy Content
- Arguments for the existence of God (cosmological, teleological)
- Arguments for the existence of God (ontological)
- The Problem of Evil
- Challenges to Religious Belief (Freud and Jung)
- Religious Experience
- Miracles
- Religious Language

Ethics content
- Ethical Thought (Divine Command Theory, Virtue Theory, Ethical Egosim, Meta Ethics)
- Deontological Ethics (Aquinas, Finnis and Hoose)
- Teleological Ethics (Fletcher, Bentham and Mill)
- Determination and Free Will

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs or equivalent including Maths and English at grade 5 or above and an additional 3 at grade A*- C.

Excellent attendance during Year 11 (at least above 90%).

Behaviour and attitude to learning across all GCSE subjects studied to be at least good.

In exceptional circumstances students with a good GCSE profile but have not achieved either Maths or English to a grade 5 at the start of the programme may be considered.

We encourage all students to start with a 3 A level programme. However, in exceptional circumstances, we will consider a student studying a 4th subject. 

Future opportunities

Religious Studies enables students to develop their understanding of spiritual, moral, ethical, social and cultural issues in depth.

Students will develop and deploy many skills including:
- Recall, select and deploy specific knowledge
- Identify, investigate and analyse questions and issues, arising from the course of study
- Communicate and evaluate religious concepts, issues, ideas, and the relevance of arguments

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact North Leamington School directly.

Last updated date: 24 February 2017
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