Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime? You will learn about all of these issues and more if you study sociology.
As a student of sociology, you will understand how society operates and the way in which we live our lives in an ever more globalised world. You will cover several areas of sociology, including crime, education, media and culture and identity. Each area will consider the various perspectives on our world, from Marxism to Feminism, to a post-modern society.
You sit three 2 hour examinations at the end of the course, each being worth 80 marks, and comprising 33% of the A Level qualification.
Paper 1 - a three section paper covering Education, Methods in Context and Theory and Methods. Questions are a mixture of short answers and extended responses.
Paper 2 - a paper covering the two optional units that are studied, Media and Culture and Identity. Questions are a mixture of short answers and extended responses.
Paper 3 - a paper covering core topic areas of Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods. Questions are a mixture of short answers and extended responses.
You will only need to provide basic stationery. However, there are a number of academic text books which are recommended reading and we would encourage you to purchase copies.
There is no expectation that you have any prior knowledge of Sociology. It is preferable, however, that you are already active in engaging with contemporary news stories, especially covering the areas of crime, media and education.
The reformed A Level in Sociology is well respected, and contributes to the development of many key skills, such as, the ability to develop arguments and appreciate perspective. The course can provide a strong foundation for careers in a wide range of areas, such as law, social work, HR, policing and education as well as further degree level study in these areas.
GCSE Level 6 in R.E., English, History or Geography.
Entry to Sixth Form also requires: