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Sociology A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

Sociology is a fascinating, wide ranging and dynamic discipline which examines the nature of contemporary society. Sociology tries to understand how society works and it helps to provide us with answers to important social questions: Do families need fathers? Why does racism exist? Why are some people poor? Does being equal make us happy? What is feminism? Is religion dead? Does prison work? Are criminals born or made?

Course content

AS Level Sociology students complete two units of study.

Unit 1: Socialisation and Culture
Section A: An introduction to key concepts in sociology, focusing on the themes of socialisation, identity and culture. The main identities examined will be gender, ethnicity, class and national identities, focusing on the relationship between the individual and wider society.

Section B: Key concepts and processes of socialisation and culture through detailed study of one of two options: Families and Households or Youth Culture

Section C: Social differentiation, power and stratification. Identifying and explaining inequality in contemporary Britain, through an examination of one of three options: Education, Media and Religion

Unit 2: Methods of Sociological Enquiry
Exploring the ways in which sociologists go about their research. Students will Apps their understanding to a specific research scenario.

The full A Level Sociology course covers Units 1 and 2 of the AS course and one additional unit is studied:

Unit 3: Power and Stratification The twin themes of power and inequality underpin this module: identifying and explaining inequality in contemporary Britain and issues of power and control in contemporary society through optional topics.

Section A: Inequality related to social class, gender, ethnicity and age; a consideration of the changing nature of inequality (examining poverty and wealth) is central to this module

Section B:The nature of power and control through the study of one option from the following:
- crime and deviance
- health and disability
- politics
- world sociology
In addition students design, justify and evaluate a piece of sociological research.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades A*-C including Maths. Grade B or above in GCSE English


Lessons are lively and involving. Discussion, debate, the sharing of ideas and group work are important aspects of the course. There is no coursework at either AS or A2 Level.

Future opportunities

The emphasis on the acquisition of higher order skills in this course enables students to develop transferrable capabilities which could be utilised in either academic or professional arenas. Sociology is accepted as admission to a range of university degree courses in the social sciences, for example sociology and social policy, anthropology, psychology, politics and business studies. Careers include social and probation work; criminology and the legal profession; journalism; social policy and research; business; Civil Service and speech therapy.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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