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Sociology AS & A Level at Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College

Course description

Sociology is the systematic study of society. It is about all types of social relationships people share with each other; in families, communities, schools and the work place. Sociology is a respected discipline with a long academic tradition and although enjoyable to study it also has the potential to mess up your whole view of the social world.

Course content

Education with methods in context, Families and Households and Research Methods. The first unit you will study is Education with methods in context, where you will conduct independent research and develop an understanding of the education system and how success can be shaped by gender, class and ethnicity. The Families and Households unit enables you to understand the diversity of society and the dark side of the family. Research methods allow you to develop your sociological investigation skills in an area which interests you.

Education with theory and methods, Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance with theory and methods. The first unit is similar to the Year 12 specification but with further development of the issues raised. The second unit, Beliefs in Society, will explore why people join religious groups and why there is a worldwide decline in mainstream religion but an increase in fundamentalism. The last unit, Crime and Deviance, will examine the issues which arise in society when people fail to follow the rules.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement is that a student must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grades A*-C.

Assessment

  • Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods
    2 hours 80 marks 33.3% of A level 
  • Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and beliefs In society)
    2 hours 80 marks 33.3% of A level
  • Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
    2 hours 80 marks 33.3% of A level

Future opportunities

Sociology is a subject which allows you to look at the society you are part of in different ways. This is particularly useful for many professions including medicine, education, the media and business where knowledge of society is required.

Further information

www.aqa.org.uk

alanna.nardiello@cardinalnewman.coventry.sch.uk

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cardinal Newman Catholic School ~ A Specialist Arts and Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016
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