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AS Sociology develops knowledge and understanding of how contemporary society works. To understand this, you will look at aspects of society from different interpretations of people’s experiences and develop an awareness of how society evolves.
In studying Sociology you will develop an awareness of how culture and identity influences our behaviour, appreciate the significance of theory and concepts in sociological debate and develop your skills in challenging accepted explanations in the context of equality and social diversity. Sociology encourages independent thinking and fosters a lifelong interest in social issues.
AS Sociology will be taught in one year and you can progress to A Level Sociology in Year 2.
The course can be taken in the following ways:
- As a stand-alone part-time course.
- As an ‘add on’ to a Full Time Level 3 Study Programme at the College, for example alongside a BTEC Extended Diploma.
- As part of a study programme with another two A-Levels (full-time package).
Unit 1 Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare
Culture and identity includes different conceptions of culture, including subculture, popular culture, global culture; and the relationship of identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class in contemporary society.
Families and households topics include change and diversity in the contemporary family and households; the nature and extent of changes in gender roles and relationships; the nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society.
Wealth, poverty and welfare includes the distribution of poverty, wealth and income between different social groups; different responses to poverty; and the nature and role of welfare provision in contemporary society.
Unit 2 Education with Research Methods and Health with Research Methods
Understanding of research methods will be integrated into the study of the education and health topics.
Education includes differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society; teacher/pupil relationships, pupil subcultures and the hidden curriculum; and the significance of changing educational policies.
Health includes health, illness, disability and the body as a social construct; the unequal distribution of health and illness; and inequalities in health care in contemporary society.
AS Sociology prepares you for continuing onto the A Level and related arts and social science subjects. Sociology also acts as an excellent foundation for education, health and social care professional training in both employment and higher education.
Please note: If you are an adult student you may be entitled to financial support to cover the cost of your course, dependent on your circumstances. Please contact Student Services on firstname.lastname@example.org for details. More about Student Finance.