Paper 1 – Education with Methods in Context
In this unit, students will discover the role of education within our society including differences in attainment of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity. Students will also consider the functions of the education system as well as relationships and processes within schools.
Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology (Family and Households, Beliefs in Society)
In Families and Households, students will explore the changing nature of the family, such as marriage, divorce and childhood. In Beliefs in Society, students will consider the roles that ideology, science and religion play in today’s society. We will also study different religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements.
Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
In this Crime and Deviance, students consider who really commits crime by looking at recent patterns and trends in relation to ethnicity, gender and social class. In Theory and Methods, students will discuss the use of different research methods sociologists use to investigate social phenomena.
Through discussion, group work, individual work, presentations, written projects, essay writing and conducting research
Paper 1 – Education with Methods in Context: 2 hour written examination. Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology: Family and Households, Beliefs in Society: 2 hour written examination. Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: 2 hour written examination.
Students should have at least GCSE level 5s in English Language and English Literature.
This specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of sociology or a related area through a range of higher education courses, progression to the next level of vocational qualifications or employment. Students studying sociology can move successfully on to courses in psychology, sociology, criminology, law and police studies, social work, teaching and human resources and many others. These can be studied via the usual apprenticeship or university route.