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Sociology - AS Level at Skinners' Academy

Course description

Sociology is a unique way of looking at Society. Sociology attempts to explain why society is the way it is by studying social groups and how they interact with each other. For example, is racism inevitable in society or is it something people learn from their culture? Do all people experience racism in the same way? Are the reasons for racism historical? These are some of the questions a Sociologist might ask. As an academic discipline, Sociology studies all aspects of human society, from large scale western societies to small tribes in the South Pacific. It examines different social groups in society, such as social classes, women, religious cults and youth culture. It looks at the interaction of people in society in order to explain for example the rise in divorce rates. Social problems are the lifeblood of Sociology. Why are more and more people taking drugs? What can we do to prevent poverty in society? Finally Sociology then examines what is actually done about these issues through the study of social policy and institutions such as the Police or Welfare systems. What will I study? AS Unit One: Families and Households Unit Two: Education & Sociological Research Methods A2 Unit Three: Global Development Unit Four: Stratification and Differentiation, Theory & Methods How will I be assessed? AS 2 written papers, data response questions A2 2 written paper, data response questions plus synoptic test.

Entry requirements

for AS level – a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, usually with a Grade B or above in the subject to be taken at AS level or in an associated subject. for A2 level – candidates should normally have obtained a pass at AS level, preferably at grade C or above.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Sociology, which could lead you onto higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or your current school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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