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Sociology A level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

Sociology is the study of individuals within society. The focus in Sociology is looking at society holistically, whilst considering the groups of individuals within it. Sociology looks at key areas such as Education, Crime and deviance, the Family and households and beliefs in society and the effects these have on society, we also look at theory and methods. Sociology students will also investigate social inequality to learn about discrepancies between genders, ages, ethnicities and social classes.

Sociology enables students to understand, question and interpret today’s society. Students will examine the problems facing society and the way sociologists go about studying society and social conditions. You will also learn how society has changed over time, and what factors influence the growth and development of society. Furthermore, you will examine your own place in society and how factors may influence you throughout your lifetime.

Trips and visits opportunities

Currently there is an opportunity to take part in a trip to Disneyland Paris where you will receive seminar’s and a workshop which looks at how the park meet the needs of many different individuals both physically and culturally.

There is also a possible opportunity to visit a magistrates court and observe real life cases being dealt with as part of the crime and deviance unit during the second year.

Course content

Students will look at the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure. They will also consider how educational achievement is different for different social groups. There is a focus on relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning.

Students also consider the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies. To do this, student investigate the changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course, including the sociology of personal life, and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures. There is a focus on gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family in contemporary society. The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society are also considered.

Within crime and deviance students will investigate why some social groups are considered more criminal/deviant than others. There will be a focus on many different explanations such as institutional racism, gender bias and media hype.

Students will also investigate beliefs within society with a particular focus on power and control, changing social attitudes, science versus religion and the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to take their social sciences education further via fields in criminology, social policy, politics and psychology to name but a few.

Sociology is well regarded by higher education establishments and employers as it aids the development of deep critical analysis skills. Sociology is particularly highly regarded in careers such as social work and politics.

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What our students think

“Sociology has changed the way I look at society. I have particularly enjoyed learning about different cultures and how different cultures mix with each other. I also found the sections on the media and social inequalities very interesting”

Daniel, previously Leehurst Swan

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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