Understanding society and social interaction through the study of a variety of approaches in sociology including: functionalist approach, Marxist approach and feminist approach. You will also study the crime and deviance in society, and the role of the mass media in creating a moral panic in society. You will study the role of the education system – considering whether it serves to help individuals adjust to adult life, or whether schools and colleges have an alternative agenda. Finally, you will learn about research methodology in sociology and the importance of this in Sociology.
Unit One – Sociological Approaches and Research Methods; Families; and Education
Unit Two – Social Stratification; Crime and Deviance; and Theory and Methods
Students will often be working independently, with guidance from their teachers. Students might for example be creating a leaflet, poster, user guide etc. Student will also undertake group work, such as presentations, role-play.
Each unit is assessed by a written exam consisting of a range of questions. Candidates will be expected to answer all questions relating to stimulus material, as well as short answer questions. Some questions will require extended writing and will assess the quality of written communication.
A minimum of five grade Ds or 3s at GCSE, or equivalent, including English Language.
Particularly relevant to advanced courses in Sociology, but any Social Science courses such as Psychology and Health & Social Care. Careers which focus strongly on effective interactions with others e.g. social work, journalism, teaching, caring fields.
What does the course combine well with?
Complementary subjects are Psychology, Health & Social Care and Biology.