Sociology is a popular course that builds upon the interest students will have developed in the core subjects of English, Maths & Science and their observations of life in general. It involves the study of society and the structures within it, for example the education system, crime and the impact of the media on society. The course aims to enable students to reflect on their own experience of the social world in which they live. This will include: developing skills which will enhance their ability to participate more effectively in adult life, appreciating the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate, understanding sociological methodology and a range of research methods, as well as acquiring knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary social processes and structures e.g. gender and class conflict in society.
Critical thinking, analytical skills, forming an effective argument and essay writing. You will learn the following:
• Education with Theory and Methods – This unit involves the study of the education system and what its role is in society. We look at gender, class and ethnic differences in achievement, as well as the impact of streaming and peer groups.
• Families and Households – This second unit investigates changing patterns of marriage, divorce and separation (amongst others), traditional views of the family and the impact of social policy on family life e.g. shared parental leave.
• The Media – This third unit is a very popular topic and includes the study of the role of the new media, globalisation and popular culture, how the news is selected and presented, the impact of the media on its audience and representations of different social groups e.g. the extent of objectification of women in the media.
• Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – TThe final unit is the study of crime, deviance and social order. We
investigate the social distribution of crime according to ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime. Students also explore the relationship between globalisation and crime e.g. trafficking and crimes against the environment, in addition to crime control and surveillance, prevention and punishment. We also study victims of crime and the role of the criminal justice system.
2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Maths, English and Science at minimum Grade 4 .
Prospective students must be willing to undertake reading & research in their own time. Students will need to develop their essay writing skills in terms of both factual content and quality of argument and will regularly complete extended writing tasks under exam conditions.
You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Sociology, which could lead you onto higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors. You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors.