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Sociology AS/A2 at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

Sociology is a fascinating subject to study; it prepares students for a very wide range of careers.

Course content

A2 Sociology: The course is assessed by two exams. There is no coursework element.

Unit One: Families and Households (SCLY 1)

  • 1 hour
  • 60 Marks
  • 40% of the AS level (20% of the A level)

This exam deals with the diversity of family types in the UK, divorce, marriage, domestic violence and the division of labour, childhood, decline of the nuclear family, government's policy on the family and theoretical perspectives.

Unit Two (SCLY 2): Education & Methods in Context

  • 2 hours
  • 90 marks
  • 60% of the AS level  (30% of the A level)

This exam deals with the impact of Class, Gender and Race on educational attainment, the impact of recent educational reforms from 1979, Social Policy in Education and Theoretical Perspectives.

Students answer one question on education, one question on sociological research methods in the context of education and one question on research methods.


A2 Sociology:  The course is assessed by two exams. There is no coursework element.

Unit Three (SCLY 3): Beliefs in Society

  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 60 Marks
  • 20% of the A level

This exam deals with the relationship between different religious beliefs and social change and stability. The role of religious organisations in society such as sects, cults, denominations and churches and their relationship to religious belief and practice. It also considers how significant religious belief is in today’s society and why certain social groups like young people choose not to turn to religion unlike the elderly.

Unit Four (SCLY 4): Crime & Deviance and Theory and Methods

  • 2 hours
  • 90 Marks
  • 30% of the A level

This exam covers why criminality and deviance exist in society. Topics include whether the individual or society is to blame for crime, whether the government can do more to prevent crime, globalisation of crime, whether men commit more crime than women and the sociology of suicide. This exam also deals with methodological and theoretical issues such as 'Is Sociology a Science’ and the use of research methods to study crime and deviance.

Assessment

100% Examination

Future opportunities

Sociology is a fascinating subject to study; it prepares students for a very wide range of careers such as Social work, rehabilitation, youth services, social care, and education.  But also provides a useful basis for a much wider range of career options. These include business, research, nursing, teaching, human resources, marketing, event management & police.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Chamberlaine School directly.

Last updated date: 13 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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