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Sociology A-Level at Christ's College Finchley

Course description

Sociology is the study of society in which we live. It examines how we are influenced and shaped through being members of groups and organisations. It concentrates on the way we make society what it is and the way society makes us what we are. It explores how the past and present have an effect on the way society and human interaction has evolved, and the difference between cultures across the globe.

This course is suitable for students who are interested in how society has been shaped by human interaction and behaviour, and how it will continue to do so in the future. The course will include a variety of topics, as well as develop critical thinking and research skills. It forms a useful link with the Humanities, particularly Geography and History.

Course content

AS Level

During the course you will study sociological theories, perspectives and methods, as well as the design of research used to obtain the data, including strengths and limitations. The core themes are socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation, and the organisation of power in society. Students will explore conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values. Students will understand the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values. This will be focused on the topics of Education, and Culture and Identity. It will include conducting your own research projects.

 

A2 for A-Level

You will focus on a selection of new areas such as Crime and Deviance, the Media, and how they affect society and human interaction. You will build upon the critical thinking, research skills and knowledge that you learned at AS. The central focus of study in this specification will be on UK society today, with consideration given to comparative dimensions where relevant, including the siting of UK society within its globalised context. You will continue to study Education and Culture and Identity.

Entry requirements

B in English Language or Literature

B in one of History, Business Studies, Geography, RE, Humanities, Sociology, Economics, Media Studies or Classical Civilisation

Assessment

AS level - AQA

Paper 1 - Education with Methods in Context:

Education: short answer and extended writing 40 marks, 

Methods in Context: extended writing 20 marks. 

1hr30mins paper, 50% of total AS marks.

Paper 2 - Research Methods and Topics in Sociology:

Section A – Research Methods: short answer and extended writing 20 marks.

Section B – Culture and Identity: short answer and extended writing 40 marks.

1hr30mins paper, 50% of total AS marks.

 

A2 level - AQA

Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods:

Education: - short answer and extended writing 50 marks.

Methods in Context: extended writing 20 marks.

Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks.

2 hour written exam – 33.3% of total A2 marks.

 

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology:

Culture and Identity – extended writing 40 marks.

The Media  - extended writing 40 marks.

2 hour written exam – 33.3% of total A2 marks.

 

Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods:

Crime and Deviance - short answer and extended writing 50 marks.

Theory and Methods: extended writing 30 marks.

2 hour written exam – 33.3% of total A2 marks.

Future opportunities

Students who take Sociology end up in a variety of careers, particularly because of the transferable and desirable nature of the skills that are developed. This can include research, marketing, social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Christ's College Finchley directly.

Last updated date: 14 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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