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Social Science studies society, how it is changing and how people try to improve it. It examines the way we fit into society and the factors that shape our behaviour. Sociologists look at the experience of different groups in society related to factors such as their gender.

Sociology asks a range of questions you will be able to consider such as:

  • Why are there rich and poor people in society?
  • Why do people commit crime?
  • Why do people join gangs?

Your own experiences of society will be valuable and you will have the chance to communicate your ideas in creative and interesting ways.

You will also learn about the research methods sociologists use to study society.  In addition, you will learn about mental health disorders, the cause and treatment of them, as well as society’s reaction to people with mental health disorders.

Assessment

The course is assessed through a portfolio of evidence. 

Over the year, student build up evidence that they have met specific assessment criteria.  This can be done through; essays, worksheets and workbooks, videos, presentations, photographs, teacher observations, self assessments and posters.

Entry Requirements

Grade 3 in GCSE English Language and a willingness to think critically about issues in society.

Content

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Research Methods in Sociology
  • Development of Social Policies
  • Ethical Issues in Social Policy
  • Psychopathology (Mental Health Disorders)
Additionally, the course will focus on several areas of study skills, such as; setting learning goals, working in groups, research projects, portfolio building and critical thinking skills.

Outcome/Progression

Apart from gaining a Level 2 qualification you will be inspired through active learning allowing you to build up an understanding of how society works and the factors that shape life in contemporary Britain. This course can also provide progression to A-level Sociology.d

Course Information

Level

Level 2 Certificate

Course Work

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