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Sociology A Level at Whitley Academy

Course description

Sociology aims to develop your understanding of the social forces that shape the world we live in. It explores the nature of human activity in society and asks the question, “Why do we behave the way we do?”

It requires you to look at human activity from different perspectives and understand the very different ideas that exist about how and why we live in the world that we do. In looking at society you will also learn about the significance of class, gender, and ethnicity on people’s “life chances”. What is it that determines rich from poor, the powerful from the weak and men from women?

Course content

AS Sociology has two units. The first is divided into two topics:
SCLY 1 Unit 1 - Families and Households - looks at the structure of the family, the roles it plays in society and how these have changed.

SCLY 2 Unit 2 -Education and Research Methods-
involves the study of the education system and sociological methods in relation to the topic.
A2 Sociology has two further units which cover the following topics:
SCLY3 Unit 3 - Beliefs in Society - involves the study of the ownership and control of the media the beliefs held in society and theories of their functions.

SCLY4 Unit 4 - Crime and Deviance Research Methods - look at the patterns of crime and deviance and explanations for these. It also involves the study of the sociological methods. The units are examined externally through formal written papers. Which consist of both short written answers and essay - style answers. There is no coursework for this subject, 100% exam, of which there are two per year.

Entry requirements

If you wish to study this course at A2 level you will need a minimum of a C at AS level.

Future opportunities

Sociology is particularly valuable if you wish to enter any of the caring or service professions (e.g. doctor, nurse, police officer, teacher, probation officer, personnel officer, etc.). It is accepted as an entry qualification to many professions and to Higher Education courses.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Whitley Academy directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
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