GCE A Level in Sociology

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Have you ever wondered what causes outbreaks of public violence such as the London riots? Have you ever asked yourself why children from wealthier backgrounds significantly outperform those from poorer backgrounds in the education system? Have you ever wondered why there are so few women in British prisons, and in general why women commit less crime than men? All three of these issues are topics covered in A Level sociology and as you might imagine, they are issues that provoke much debate and disagreement! If you are interested in the wider debates and arguments that the above issues raise, such as how your social class, ethnicity and gender can have a significant impact on your chances of success in our society, then sociology may be the subject for you. During your first year you will study, Education with Methods in Context. You will look at topics including; Why are girls significantly outperforming boys in the education system? Why are certain ethnic groups over-achieving whilst others underachieve? How have government policies impacted on the education system? What practical, ethical and theoretical problems may arise when sociologists conduct research into education? You will also study Families and Households with Research Methods; which will include; Is it right to talk of a ‘traditional’ nuclear family anymore? What are the reasons behind recent trends in marriage, divorce and cohabitation? What does it mean to be a ‘child’ in Britain today and how has this changed over the years? What are the strengths and limitations of the different research methods used by sociologists? What factors must sociologists consider when conducting research?

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a grade C in GCSE English Language.

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