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Studying Sociology gives you the opportunity to gain an understanding of the world around you and to reflect on social issues that relate to you.

Sociology studies society, how it is changing and how it can be improved.  It examines the ways we learn to fit in into society and what happens if we don’t!

Sociologists are interested in the experience of different social groups related to gender, ethnicity, social class and age and how these factors may be related to issues of both identity and inequality.

There are lots of different sociological explanations for these matters and you will get the chance to think about which ones make most sense to you.

You will also learn about the research methods that sociologists use. Bringing your own experience of society to your studies is an important way of developing your understanding. 

Reasons to choose: 

1. It’s a contemporary subject which looks at issues in society today such as crime, social inequalities, etc

2. It gives students a range of viewpoints in understanding why people behave a certain way

3. It gives students skills in extended writing, critical thinking, exam prep, etc

4. Gives students the opportunity to create their own ideas, views and theories on the social world

5. Curriculum is centred around the world that we live in and so students gain knowledge that is observable and relevant for more than just their studies!

6. Sociology can also give students the knowledge that they need for a variety of careers based on social relationships, HR, Teaching, Social Work, Law, etc

Assessment

For AS there are two written exams taken at the end of the academic year.  For the linear A level there are three written exams taken at the end of the second year.

Entry Requirements

Grade 4 or higher in GCSE English Language and a willingness to think critically about social issues. An average GCSE score of 5.20 or higher.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail admissions@eastnorfolk.ac.uk. We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.

Content

  • Introducing socialisation, culture and identity
  • These themes are developed through studying Youth Subcultures
  • Research methods and researching social inequalities
  • Understanding social inequalities
  • Globalisation and the digital social world
  • Debates explored through a detailed study of Crime and Deviance.

Outcome/Progression

Students will have the opportunity to develop a broad set of desirable key skills, including the ability to analyse and formulate clear, logical arguments with extensive evaluation from a range of different viewpoints. Developing strong critical thinking skills and being able to consider issues with a global outlook will be of huge benefit, whether this is in moving forward to university, the workplace or society in general.

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Course Information

Level

A level

Course Work

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