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Sociology AS level at The Dukeries Academy

Course description

Students must study the following two core themes:

  • Socialisation, culture and identity
  • Social differentiation, power and stratification

The themes should be understood and applied to particular substantive areas of Sociology. These themes are to be interpreted broadly as threads running through many areas of social life and should not therefore be regarded as discrete topics.

In addition, students must understand the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values.

Course content

Education – methods in context

Role and functions of the education system; differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society;

Research methods

Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; research design; sources of data; the relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’.

The Family

The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change; changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course; gender roles;

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in English. 5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including Maths).

Future opportunities

Our specifications will appeal to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. They build on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enable progression into a wide range of other subjects.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year