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A-Level Sociology at Winstanley College

Course description

Year 1
Education with Methods in Context 
Here students will be expected to study the social factors likely to affect the educational achievement levels of different social groups and to conduct sociological research into issues such as negative teacher labelling and male underachievement in schools.

Research Methods  and Families and Households
Here we examine the rise of the nuclear family, the rise of family diversity and the increase in divorce. Again students are expected to conduct sociological research on social attitudes towards same sex families and who does most of the housework at home.

Year 2
Topics in Sociology: Stratification & Differentiation (S&D)

A2 topic on S&D where students consider the bases of differentiation between different groups in society and how we attribute power and authority to some and not others.  We consider the way in which our differences affect our identity, lifestyle and life chances. 

Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods
This module helps students to focus on the differing rates of offending and victimisation experienced by different social groups in society with an additional focus on reasons for gang violence, corporate crime, green crime and state crime in society. 

Again sociological theory and methods used to investigate criminality are emphasised.

Learning outside the classroom
Sociological research / online resources for independent study.

Study Support
When you enrol we’ll make sure that you’re receiving all the support you need, for example you may be entitled to extra time in your exams, you may benefit from working with a dyslexia tutor or you may simply need help with organising your time and many pieces of paper!

Academic Challenge
If you are keen to continue with Sociology to University you will receive help with choosing which university and which course is right for you, we’ll support your development of interview skills, guide you to further reading or viewing, challenge you with additional discussion and inspire you with activities and trips.  Workplace representatives from social services tend to visit to tell you about career opportunities in social or community, police or probation work and visiting speakers from universities will give you a glimpse as to what further study in Sociology involves.

From school pupil to Winstanley student 
No experience at GCSE necessary!!!

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years