The course takes a linear approach and is therefore studied over two years. It consists of three papers that all contribute to our understanding of the world in which we live.
There are three units studied in Year 1, the first being families and households. This unit aims to look at the relationship between families and households and the changes that they have been through over the past 100 years. It will explore the division of labour and domestic relationships that take place in the home, alongside the role of childhood and key changes that have occurred. Education is another key unit that is studied here, exploring the reasons as to why certain groups do well or underachieve in education, with a specific focus on class, gender and ethnicity, exploring the internal and external factors. There will also be a strong focus on social policy and how this affects the world of education. Finally, in Year 12 research methods will be explored, looking at the different methods sociologists use, alongside key pieces of research.
There are again three units studied in Year 2, the first being beliefs in society. Here students will explore the relationship between religion and society and the role it has in uniting people. There will also be a focus on cults and sects and how they can impact on society, alongside the role of globalisation and the impact of fundamentalism. Another key unit is crime and deviance; students will explore the sociological theory explaining why crime occurs in society. The notion of class, gender, age and ethnicity will also be examined here, looking in particular at the stereotypical criminal and challenging that concept. Finally, theory and methods will be studied, looking at the theoretical background of sociology. Key discussions will focus around the debates that sociology can be a science, the value ladened nature of sociology and the impact it has on social policy.
5 GCSE's at grade 5 or above including Maths and English.