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Sociology A Level at St Benedict's Catholic School

Course description

Education (compulsory content)
Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:
- the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure
- differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society
- relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning
- the significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.

Crime and Deviance (compulsory content)
Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:
-crime, deviance, social order and social control
- the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime
- globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes
- crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

Theory and Methods (compulsory content)
Students must examine the following areas:
- quantitative and qualitative methods of research; research design
- sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics
- the distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data
- the relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’
- the theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research
- consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories
- the concepts of modernity and post-modernity in relation to sociological theory
- the nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific
- the relationship between theory and methods
- debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom
- the relationship between Sociology and social policy.

Health (optional content)
Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:
- the social construction of health, illness, disability and the body, and models of health and illness
- the unequal social distribution of health chances in the United Kingdom by social class, gender, ethnicity and region
- inequalities in the provision of, and access to, health care in contemporary society
- the nature and social distribution of mental illness
- the role of medicine, the health professions and the globalised health industry.

Beliefs in Society (optional content) Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:
- ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions
- the relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations
- religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice
- the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices
- the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context, and globalisation and the spread of religions.

Entry requirements

You will need to have achieved a grade B in a Humanities subject or in RE


Students will be required to sit three 2 hour written exams:
- Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods, worth 80 marks (33.3% of A-level)
- Paper 2: Topics in Sociology, worth 80 marks (33.3% of A-level)
- Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods, worth 80 marks (33.3% of Alevel)

Future opportunities

A qualification in Sociology could lead to a career in the following areas: social research, criminology, social work, teaching, social policy, probation and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Benedict's Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2017
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