About this course
This A2 Sociology course follows on from AS Sociology and should be taken alongside two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. It may be possible to take this course as a part-time student.
A2 Sociology comprises two units covering Power and Control and Social Inequality and Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry. Throughout their study of Sociology at A2 level, students will be expected to build on their understanding of the subject that they gained at AS level in order to develop higher levels of knowledge and understanding.
What you will study
A2 Unit 3: Power and Control
Have you ever driven faster than the speed limit? Have you ever been caught picking your nose in public? Did you have your first taste of alcohol before the legal age? Did you pierce a part of your body that your grandmother would not have wanted you to pierce? Have you worked somewhere and taken home a pen, pencil or packet of post-it notes?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are an example of what sociology is trying to understand and explain in this part of the course.
The main option you will study in this unit will be crime and deviance. An understanding of crime will aid an understanding of power in present day society. This will be done by gaining knowledge of social control and the various sociological discussions surrounding the topic, including such things as what is crime and deviance? gender and crime, the social distribution of crime and deviance and theories of crime and deviance amongst others.
A2 Unit 3 is assessed by a 2 hour written examination consisting of one compulsory question and one essay from a choice of two.
A2 Unit 4: Social Inequality and Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry
There are two elements to this unit. These are Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry and Social Inequality.
The first element will involve students developing their understanding of research methods in order to help them further understand social life. This will be done through the practice of research design and building on the knowledge of sociological methods gained through the study of AS Unit 2.
The second element centres on social inequality(s) or the unequal distribution of wealth, power or prestige among members of a society. Students will be expected to show their understanding of social inequality(s) by examining topics that they have previously studied and by showing an understanding of how class, age, gender, ethnicity and locality lay at the heart of the debate.
A2 Unit 4 is assessed by a 2 hours and 15 minutes written examination. Applied Methods of Sociological Enquiry consists of a compulsory question and Social Inequality is examined by students answering one compulsory question and one essay question from a choice of two.
Course fee per year
Registration Fee Payable on Enrolment: £0.00
Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.
Teaching and assessment
Two written assessments
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Career prospects & further study
On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:
- Community Education
- Information Management
- Social Work
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