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Sociology A Level at The Broxbourne School

Course description

A grade B in English Language or another complementary subject at GCSE is required for AS Sociology. Students will
also need to have an interest in historical and contemporary social issues.
‘There is no such thing as society’ - Margaret Thatcher. The power of sociology is to demonstrate just how strong the
social forces that organise society in very different ways are. Throughout the course, you will see how societies shape
the different opportunities that people have within them. For example, where you were born and when has radically
shaped much of what you know and what you can do. After encountering sociology, you may never see the world again
with the same eyes.
Aims of the course: The AS and A-level courses should enable you to:
a) acquire knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and structures;
b) appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate;
c) understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods.
Year 12
The AS course has two modules:
Unit 1:Families and Households
Changes in family and household structure. Changing patterns of marriage, child bearing, family diversity and conjugal
Unit 2:Education and Methods in Context
Role of the education system. Differential educational achievement by social class, gender and ethnicity, sociological
Year 13
In Year 13 students develop their understanding with a further study of the following two units:
Unit 3: Beliefs in Society
Unit 4: Crime and Deviance; Theory and Methods

Entry requirements

Entry requirements to The Broxbourne School Sixth Form are based on both the average KS4 points achieved in the summer of year 11 and specific grades gained in subjects relevant to those that they wish to pursue in the Sixth Form. Students are expected to take four AS subjects and AS General Studies in Year 12 and should have demonstrated a consistently serious attitude to study.
To enter the Sixth Form to study 4 or 5 AS / A-level courses students should have achieved at least 5+ A* - C grades including English and Maths, must have demonstrated a consistently serious attitude to study and
• gained an average points score of 43 points or more and,
• achieved the entry grade B in the GCSE subject they wish to study at AS / A-level or in the case of subjects not taken at GCSE the entry grade in related subjects
• achieve at least an A in GCSE Maths to take AS level Maths

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

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