Sociology at Nobel School
Awarding Body: AQA
The course involves the study of 4 units and is assessed through written exams.
What will I learn on this course?
This course will enable you to:
- reflect on your own experience of the social world in which you live;
- appreciate the significance of current social policies;
- understand sociological research methods;
- understand the importance of social issues in the development of your own identity;
- be able to critically evaluate factual and theoretical material
- specifically focus on issues relating to The Family and Education at AS . Crime and Deviance and Global Development are taught at A2 level
Who would be a successful student of Sociology?
This course will appeal to students who:
- have a genuine interest in social issues;
- would like to develop an understanding of issues relating to gender, ethnicity, social class and age;
- enjoy expressing their opinions and justifying their beliefs;
- enjoy learning in a variety of ways including conducting their own class presentations, as well as individual study and essay writing;
- enjoy a subject which is relevant to their own lives and experiences;
- want to keep their options open for further study - Sociology is a subject which complements many courses in higher education and future careers
Students will be expected to have 5 or more GCSEs grade A*-B, including at least Grade B in English.
Unit 1 - Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare. 40% of AS, 20% of A level. Written paper - one hour
Study of the Family
Unit 2 - Education; Health; Sociological Methods
60% of AS, 30% of A level. Written paper - two hours
Study of Education
Those students who wish only to study AS Level Sociology will finish the course after these initial two modules.
Unit 3 - Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics. 20% of A level. Written paper - 1 hour 30 minutes
Study of Global Development
Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance; Stratification and Differentiation; Theory and Methods. 30% of A level. Written paper, 2 hours
Study of Crime and Deviance
You will find this course useful if you wish to follow a career in the following areas:
- social work;
- industry where social policy understanding is valued;
- civil service;
- human resources.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nobel School directly.