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Sociology at The Regis School

Course description

Sociology is an academic discipline aimed at those students who wish to understand more about themselves, the people they know, the society they live in, and other cultures and societies. Studying society will make students socially, culturally and politically aware, and capable of thinking critically about the world around them.

Students always enjoy the subject. It is hard work, but it is very stimulating and relevant to their own lives. We follow the AQA specification.

Sociology is a very popular subject at TRS and benefits from energetic and enthusiastic teachers with proven excellence in teaching to A Level standard. Students are encouraged to carry out their own sociological research and will benefit from extra-curricular activities such as outside speakers and curriculum visits.

Course content

Students will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Students will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world. Students will cover two core themes: • Socialisation, culture and identity • Social differentiation, power and stratification. In addition, students must know the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the roles of values.

The AQA A Level consists of three papers. The topics that the students will cover are set out below:

• Theory and Methods (Education)

• Families and Households and Beliefs

• Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

Students must have at least 5 GCSEs grades A*-C. Students that have not studied the subject at GCSE who wish to study A-Level will be accepted. They would be expected to have strong grades in another Humanities subject.

Assessment

Assessment will take the form of three externally assessed exams at the end of Year 13. Each paper is worth 33.3% of the final grade.

Future opportunities

Studying Sociology will provide you with a variety of skills which will be of use in any job. For example, the ability to express yourself clearly in both written and oral form, the ability to think critically and not take things for granted and the ability to work co-operatively, to mention just a few. You will also be expected to show improvement in other key skill areas such as the use of ICT. A variety of higher education courses are available in the subject area which can lead students into careers such as journalism, media production, legal careers, teaching, social work, marketing, occupational therapy and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Regis School directly.

Last updated date: 31 October 2017