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Sociology A2 Level (AQA) at Hackney Community College

Course description

You will explore different theories of religion, science and ideology. The significance of religion in the contemporary world will be examined in relation to secularisation including the impact of sects, cults and new age beliefs. You’ll also study Crime and Deviance with Theory and Method. In the contemporary world much attention is given to the problem of crime. This unit will examine different sociological accounts of criminality and deviance. The influence of the mass media and globalisation will also be considered. The study of suicide and the wider issue of researching crime will be used as examples.

Course content

Learning will involve research activities, presentations, debating and a range of classroom games. You will be encouraged to develop all of your academic skills including both your written and oral contributions. You will work in teams and develop sociological research projects and carry them out exploring contemporary social issues relating to crime, education, family life and faith. The course draws upon a range of media sources for the purpose of analysis including: film, music, advertising and television. You will be encouraged to share ideas and work together in developing important skills of evaluation.

Entry requirements

Pass at AS Level.



Assessment is entirely by examination, which takes place at the end of the year.

Financial information

·         16-18 year-olds do not have to pay tuition fees on FE courses

·         many 16-18 year-olds may be eligible to receive a bursary

·         many 16-18 year-olds can receive a Free College Meals pass (depending on eligibility)

·         Transport for London student travel cards are available.

·         Re-sits, CRB fees and other incidental costs are to be paid when due.

Future opportunities

Higher Education or employment in areas including: Law, Politics, Sociology, Criminology, Journalism, Social work, Civil Service and many others.

Further information

Before you start your lessons, you’ll take part in induction sessions, where you’ll meet other students and find out all about the support that’s available to you. This includes learning about the Virtual Learning Environment, tutorials and the campus facilities. All students can receive free, confidential and impartial advice on things like: your next step in education or your career, finance, housing, health, immigration, benefit claims, legal problems, sexual health, drugs, staying safe, personal / emotional concerns and other issues. As a student of HCC Sixth Form, you are entitled to additional learning support if you need it. For many students additional support is provided on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. This is very beneficial to your learning as it is a mechansim by which you can develop your literacy and numeracy skills and so improve your chances of success on the course. Subject specific workshops are available after the October half term as one hour sessions per week to assist and support your learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hackney Community College directly.

Last updated date: 14 April 2016
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