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Sociology A level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

The investigation of the way society works and why humans do the things they do as a society. Sociology seeks to answer questions such as: how important is social class in learning?, what causes poverty and social exclusion and what are the solutions? We ask if there is too much crime on the streets and who exercises power in our lives? We observe and question the rapid globalisation of social life. Do we treat ethnic minorities differently?

Why study Sociology?
Everything we do has sociological implications. If you study Sociology, you will acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and structures such as gender, social class, race and ethnicity, culture and identity. Most importantly, you will be given the opportunity to reflect on your own experience of the social world in which you live and develop skills which enhance your ability to participate more effectively in adult life.

Course content

AS Modules and Year 1 A Level Modules
Unit 1 – Sociological Research Methods in the Context of the Sociology of Education
The importance of social class, gender and ethnicity. Educational achievement and policy. Analysis of research methods

Unit 2 – Sociological Research Methods and the Sociology of the Family
The role of men and women in the family, the divorce rate, civil partnerships, the role of children.
*The Sociology of the Media (*only if completing the full A Level).

A Level Module 3

Unit 3
The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Study of Sociological Theories and Methods Theories of crime. State crime and Green crime. Criminal justice system. Analysis of theory and research activities.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE passes (Grades A* to C) including Mathematics and at least a Grade B in English Language.

Future opportunities

Confidence in discussion and awareness of issues, together with problem solving and critical thinking are outcomes of the study of Sociology. The focus is on people and their lives. Careers in the Community, Journalism, Law, Welfare or Health are possible.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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