Sociology AS and A Level at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form
Sociology is a popular course which involves the study of human society and the behaviour of people within society. Sociologists try to understand how society works and what makes us act in particular ways.We go to school; we go to work; we have an obsession with material goods such as iPhones and we generally all have the same ideas about how we should behave. Yet, we are not all born with this similar way of thinking. How can millions of unique individuals live together in harmony and show similar patterns of behaviour? Sociology as a subject seeks to explain the reason for this. It also provides reasons as to why this apparent social order sometimes breaks down. Whilst studying Sociology at Thomas Whitham Sixth Form you will study society and social life through a number of different topics answering questions such as; How does society influence criminality? For whose benefit are you choosing to come to Sixth Form: Why does Tom Cruise follow Scientology rather than another faith? Why do 1 in 3 marriages end in divorce?
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Family and Households (40% AS grade)
This unit looks at the issue of families and households in society including sociological perspectives of the family, changing patterns within family life, gender roles and the issue of childhood.
Education and Sociological Research Methods (60% AS grade)
This unit is made up of two topics. In the first one we look at issues concerned with education in society including different sociological perspectives on education, differential educational achievement of different social groups and the importance of educational policies. In the second one we examine the importance of using different sociological research methods to study society.
Beliefs in Society (40% A2 grade)
This unit looks at the sociological importance of beliefs in society in contemporary society. Issues here include sociological perspectives of functions of religion, different religious organisations, secularisation, the relationship between different social groups and beliefs and practices and different theories of ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions.
Crime and Deviance and Sociological Theory and Methods (60% A2 Grade)
This unit is the synoptic unit where prior learning from all units studied is required. The first unit looks at a number of issues concerned with crime and deviance in society today including different sociological perspectives on why people may commit crime, the levels of crime in different social groups and the importance of the media and government policies on our understanding of crime. The second unit analyses and evaluates different sociological perspectives and theories in more detail and looks more deeply at the importance of sociological research methods.
You do not need to have studied Sociology at GCSE to take it at Advanced Level.
You will need a minimum of a grade B in GCSE English to cope with the written demands of the course.
Unit 1 Family and Households (40% AS grade)
The examination paper is of 1 hour duration and will consist of a number of short answer questions and two extended writing sections.
Unit 2 Education and Sociological Research Methods (60% AS grade)
The examination paper is of 2 hours duration and will consist of a number of short answer questions and more extended writing sections.
Unit 3 Education and Sociological Research Methods (60% AS grade)
The examination paper is of 1 hour 30 minutes duration and consists of extended writing essays.
The examination paper is of 2 hour duration and each section will consist of extended writing essays.
As well as gaining knowledge of the subject you will also develop your essay writing skills and an ability to think critically which is a transferable skill valued by all universities.
After studying this course you could be considering careers in the Police, Journalism, Teaching, Law, Marketing, Management, Social Services or even be advising the Government on a number of social issues. Students will be taught by experienced teachers who are also senior examiners.
'Behind Bars’ Conference (Ex-offenders talk)
Residential visit to Krakow, Poland (Auschwitz concentration camps)
End of year celebration with Psychology department
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Whitham Sixth Form directly.