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Sociology AS/A Level at Sheldon School

Course description

AS level (Year 12)

Unit 1 The Family and Households Students will look at how the family is changing and what diff erent sociologists say about these changes. Topics include the division of housework, childhood, divorce, government policy on the family and family diversity. The feminist, Marxist and post-modernist views on the family are also explored.

Unit 2 Educati on and Methods Students will investigate the UK educati on system and why some social groups do bett er in it than others. A range of factors, both within schools and outside schools, will be explored, alongside the impact of current and past government policy. Students will also look at sociological research methods and the pros and cons of these alongside a study of how they can be used to investi gate our education system.

A2 level (Year 13)

Unit 3 World Development Students will investigate the divisions between the rich and privileged on the one hand, and the poor and under-privileged on the other, and about the attempts to eliminate these divisions. They will cover topics such as demography, health, globalisati on, gender, war and conflict.

Unit 4 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods Students will investigate diff erent theories about the causes of crime, gender and crime, control and punishments, the relationship between the media and crime and the impact of globalisati on on crime. Students will also look at the main perspectives and research methods used in Sociology and address questions like “is Sociology a science?”.

Entry requirements

Candidates are expected to have the general entry requirements and Grade C or above in English.

Future opportunities

Sociology will be useful to those students who are interested in entering higher educati on equipping them with a number of required skills. It will be particularly of benefit for those who are interested in entering the caring professions - social services, healthcare, police force, armed services, teaching, probation etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years