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Sociology A Level (AQA) at Stroud High School

Course description

Sociology is the study of society, people and their behaviour. Students are encouraged to look beyond the obvious and to examine the patterns and relationships that shape both our society and the individuals within it. Sociology is a rigorous academic subject that complements a range of other subjects through its development of analytical and evaluative skills. Critical thinking skills learnt in sociology provide excellent preparation for university and for career paths such as law, the police, criminology and journalism. Developing an awareness of different groups of people in society and their needs is also invaluable for professions in education, marketing, medicine and social work.

Course content

Year 1: Students begin by gaining an understanding of what sociology is. They consider how norms and values shape us and how factors such as class, gender and ethnicity impact on our lives. This leads into Families and Households where students consider changing family patterns, gender roles within the family, the nature of childhood and demographic trends in the UK.

Next students explore the role and functions of The Education System considering the impact of educational policies and the differential educational achievement of social groups by class, gender and ethnicity. We also look at processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures.  Finally we look at research methods where students gain an understanding of the methods sociologists use to gain evidence and test their theories about society.

Year 2: Students study Beliefs in Society, examining the role religion has today, considering topical issues such as secularisation, fundamentalism, the rise of cults and sects and the impact of globalisation and science on beliefs. Students also study crime and deviance exploring the causes of crime; social distribution of crime by age, class, gender and ethnicity; media and crime; human rights crimes; green crime and crime control, prevention and punishment.

Finally, students will consolidate and build on their understanding of Sociological Theory by exploring theories such as Marxism, feminism, and postmodernism.

Entry requirements

Standard Marling School Sixth Form and Stroud High School Sixth Form entry requirements.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years