Sociology A Level
IN THE FIRST YEAR STUDENTS STUDY:
Culture, socialisation and identity: e.g. norms and values; types of culture; agents of socialisation and control; aspects of identity, such as, disability, ethnicity, gender and social class
Families and relationships: e.g. diversity of family and household types; sociological reasons for family diversity, demographic changes and trends in marriage, cohabitation and divorce; theoretical debates about the role and desirability of the nuclear family; debates about the extent of family diversity
Research methods and understanding social inequalities: e.g. including validity, reliability, representativeness, generalisability, positivism and interpretivism; the main stages of the research process; sociological research methods
Understanding social inequalities: social class, gender, ethnicity and age; sociological explanations, including functionalism, Marxism, Weberian, feminism, New Right
IN THE SECOND YEAR, STUDENTS STUDY ALL THE AS TOPICS PLUS:
Globalisation and the digital social world: e.g. digital forms of communication and application of Marxism, feminism and postmodernism; its positive and negative impact on the social world
Crime and Deviance: e.g. measuring crime; patterns and trends in crime; theoretical views; social policy and crime.
3 written exams: 2 x 2hrs 15mins and
1 x 1 hr 30mins, each with short answer and extended writing
We have one class specifically to support students with GCSE grade 4 minimum in English language plus four more GCSEs at grade 4 or above. Combine with Criminology and Media Studies or Photography or Art. You could also combine with BTEC National in Business or IT.
We have two further sets for students who meet the general A-Level entry criteria of four GCSEs grade 6 or above including English Language. You do not need to have studied Sociology before.
Please contact Mr Williams if you require further information.