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A' Level Sociology at Bishop Young Church of England Academy

Course description

Everybody is part of society. What we often do not realise is that the society in which we live shapes our experiences of life and who we are. We like to think we are free-thinking and choice making individuals, but how true is this? Can we really do what we want or is our behaviour actually shaped by social forces beyond our control such as our social class, our ethnicity and our gender? At AS-level, you will do two units: Families and Households looking at issues such as marriage, divorce and family life and how these have been shaped by gender, social class, ethnicity, nationality and globalisation. The second is Education and Research Methods, which looks at how a person’s background (e.g. social class, ethnicity, gender etc.) might influence their chances of doing well in school. It also focuses on the research skills required to undertake sociological studies, etc. If you are successful at AS-level, you can proceed to the A2 course which involves the study of Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance with Research Methods. There are three exams at the end of A2, each lasting 2 hours. Those wishing to achieve AS level but not continue to A2 have the option of sitting two one and a half hour exams in the summer following year 12 to achieve the qualification.

Entry requirements

GCSE English, History, RS or Sociology at grade 5 or above. It is not necessary to have studied Sociology at GCSE.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September