Unit 1: Students are required to complete a topic from the following options of Culture and Identity, Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare. It is suggested that Families and Households are studied where students will explore the relationship of the family to the social structure of society. Investigations will occur into the changing patterns of family life and exploring why these changes have occurred.
Unit 2 – Students will study Education as well as reflect on research methods that Sociologists use and consider how sociological research methods are used to study education.
Unit 3 – Students will study either Beliefs in Society, Global Development; Mass Media or Power and Politics.
Unit 4 – Students will study either Crime and Deviance with theory and methods or Stratification and Differentiation with theory and methods
No prior knowledge of the subject is required. The specifications build on, but do not depend on, the knowledge, understanding and skills specified for GCSE Sociology. It is recommended that candidates have attained communication and literacy skills at a level equivalent to GCSE Grade C in English.
This course can lead on to a variety of degrees or employment within health, education, counselling or prison system etc.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.