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Sociology A level at Wood Green School

Course description

Sociology is the study of human interaction. The main concern is to explain human behaviour by examining individuals, small groups and institutions, such as political organisations, the education system and the family.

Sociology addresses ‘important’ questions such as: ‘Why do girls generally perform better than boys in education? Why are some people racist, sexist or homophobic?’ It attempts to answer these by considering various sociological perspectives (Marxism, functionalism, feminism) and a wide range of current research and evidence.

Sociology gives a better understanding of society and new insight into the way human life is organised, enabling people to make sense of their own experiences.

Entry requirements

Grade C or above in both GCSE Religious Education and IGCSE English, GCSE English, GCSE English Language. No previous knowledge of Sociology is required, although it is essential to be interested in current affairs.

Assessment

AS Sociology is made up of two mandatory components which are externally assessed at the end of Year 12. The two examinations are both 1½ hours, and each are worth 50% of the AS. Papers have a mix of short and medium tariff compulsory questions, some based on source material. Within each option, there will be three questions that will test the quality of extended responses.

Paper 1: Socialisation, Culture and Identity (01) Themes are developed through the context of one of three options: Families and Relationships, Youth Subcultures, or Media

Paper 2: Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities (02) Research methods and researching social inequalities. Understanding social inequalities Learners take both components 01 and 02.

A2 Sociology is made up of three mandatory components, which are externally assessed at the end of Year 13. One examination is 1½ hours. The other two are 2¼ hours each. Papers have a mix of short and medium tariff compulsory questions, some based on source material. Within each option, there will be questions that will test the quality of extended responses.

Paper 1: Socialisation, culture and identity (01) (1½ hours) Themes developed through the context of one of three options: Families and relationships, Youth subcultures, or Media.

Paper 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities (02) (2¼ hours)

Paper 3: Globalisation and the digital social world Debates explored through a detailed study of Religion or Education (03) (2¼ hours

Financial information

Students are expected to buy the latest edition of a class textbook and revision notes written by one of the course teachers. The cost of these books is approximately £25.

Future opportunities

Sociology is recognised by all universities. It is a very popular and relevant subject for contemporary society. It is useful for most occupations (politics, law, health & social care/services, education and the business world).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wood Green School directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

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