Sociology is the study of the development, structure and functioning of human society. This course aims to develop knowledge and understanding of sociological concepts, theories and methods and the ways in which they are used to analyse and explain areas of society. You will get the opportunity to develop the ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate sociological arguments, evidence and research methods in a critical way.
Sociology makes a useful contribution to your general education and personal development, as well as providing a basis for further study at a more advanced level. The skills you learn on this course are useful in career areas such as social work, advisory services, teaching or social research.
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Entry is at the discretion of the school or college, but you would normally be expected to have achieved:
The course consists of three areas of study.
Culture and identity
You will learn how to:
The course assessment has two components totalling 85 marks (scaled up to 110 marks for the 2022-23 session):
For the assignment component, you will choose a topic to investigate, keeping a record of findings and sources, and write a report based on your findings.
Both the question paper and the assignment are set and externally marked by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The grade awarded is based on the total marks achieved across course assessment.
The course assessment is graded A-D.
Further study, training or employment in: