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Sociology  

Exam board: AQA

Why choose to study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of how society is organized and how we experience life. It has been taught in the top British universities including London School of Economics and Cambridge. Sociology is the study of society.  Sociologists are concerned about many issues and problems in society.   Sociologists study a wide range of topics. For example, the AQA AS/A2 specification includes topics such as gender, stereotyping, race & ethnicity, class, sexism, social behaviour, social inequalities, marriage & divorce, schools, childhood and domestic violence. Sociology will give a critically informed view of our society today. The course will tackle contemporary issues such as policing the black community, examining the rise of terroristic religious movements, why people migrate and inequality in Britain today. Be prepared to evolve your ‘sociological imagination.’

 Course outline:

 Linear course no examinations in yr 12.

Year 2

Unit/Module

Description

Type of assessment

Weighting

Unit 1

Education with Theory

Extended written examination

33%

Unit 2

Families & Belief

Extended  written examination

33%

Unit 3

Crime with Theory

Extended Written examination

33%

Essential student abilities:

Students develop a number of new skills: • How to use evidence to support your arguments • How to investigate facts and use deduction • How to put over your point of view fluently • How to work as a team to achieve results • How to take responsibility for your own learning.              Minimum requirements: At least 5*-C grades at GCSE

Desirable student qualifications: 

English GCSE grade B.

Higher education opportunities:

You do not need to study Sociology at A-level for any particular degree, even for Sociology.  Sociology is an extremely transferable subject that is useful for Psychology, Media Studies, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, History, Geography, Humanities, Social work, Nursing & Journalism.

Career opportunities:

The good news for sociology graduates is that your studies are uniquely suited to help you develop the skills you need for a successful 21st century career. Sociologists study social life, social change, diverse communities and their interactions, and they use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. Studying sociology can help foster your creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving and communication skills. As a graduate with a Sociology degree, you will have a foundation for better understanding and engaging with the globalizing world. You will be equipped with the tools needed to make sense of the shiftng social world and contribute solutions to difficult social problems. Occupations include: teaching, social work, nursing, human resources, journalism, law, politics & Counselling.

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