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A-Level Sociology

AS Sociology
Student’s two key topics;
Family and Households (SCLY1)
40% of AS Level. 1 Hour Written Exam – 60 Marks
Students investigate the role of families and the relationship of the family to the social structure.  Students will analyse the nature of childhood, the changing patterns of family and consider the dark side of the family.
Education and Methods (SCLY2)
60% of AS Level. 2 Hours Written Exam – 90 Marks
An analysis of the role and purpose of education in contemporary society and the differential achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity.  Students will look at the application of sociological research methods to the study of education.
A2 Sociology
Students develop their abilities to write extended essays on a further wide range of topics, building on the foundations laid in their AS course. The course is focused on two areas of study;
Beliefs in Society (SCLY3)
20% of A Level. 1 Hour 30 Minutes Written Exam – 60 Marks
Analysis of varying beliefs in society and how people express religiosity through new religious movements.  Sociological perspectives and the secularisation debate will be studied.
Crime and Deviance (SCLY4)
Students will study critical criminology and analyse deviance and social control theories.  Analysis of why crime is committed and who commits crime will be carried out as well as looking at labelling theory and suicide.
30% of A Level. 2 Hours Written Exam – 90 MarkAS Sociology

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Is the course difficult?

Sociology is a challenging, academic subject and, as such, is highly regarded by universities and employers.  In order to succeed, students will be required to read widely for this course.

How is the course taught?

This course is taught by Mrs Levenson.  Students studying Sociology can expect to use a variety of learning methods in their lessons, including group work, debate, and guided reading.

What skills can be gained from the course?

Sociology students are encouraged to think independently and approach new subjects with an enquiring mind.  They will develop their skills of analysis and problem solving.  They will also build on their communication and oral skills.  This means the course combines well with History, English, Psychology and Politics in particular.

Who is this course suitable for?

Sociologists study people in society, looking at groups like the immediate family, larger ones like a school or workplace, very large institutions like the education system or the political system, and whole societies like Scotland or Britain.  Put simply, sociology is the attempt to understand how society works.  It provides description and analysis of the patterns and structures in human relationships, and encourages us to see the world through the eyes of other people.