Key Stage 5 Co-Ordinator: Miss K Steers

Overview

Sociology:

Entry requirements: Grade 5 or above in GCSE Sociology or GCSE R&L, and GCSE English Grade 5 or above.

Sociology A level is a course that enables students to progress academically, cultivate a passion for understanding the social world, and gain valuable skills for life. It is aimed to challenge thinking and widen your horizons and can lead to the study of Sociology at university and will develop skills for job sectors such as social services, education and the criminal justice system.

Students learn about the society in which we live and the way people interact in different circumstances.  Sociology allows students to explore social behaviour in major areas of life in modern society e.g. Family, Crime, Education. A minimum of a level 5 is required in English and/or R&L as an entry requirement to join this course. The A-level examinations require short mark answers as well as essay-writing skills.  A-level Sociology leads to the study of Sociology at university and develops skills for job sectors such as social services, education and criminal justice. In year 12 Sociology students will study three compulsory topics- ‘Education’, ‘Families’ and ‘Sociological Research Methods’. Students will also apply their knowledge of research methods in a sociological context of education known as ‘Methods in context’. The A-level course will offer two compulsory topics of ‘Crime and Deviance’, ‘Sociological Theories’ and ‘Beliefs in Society’.

Sociology A-level comprises of three 2 hour examinations of equal weighting- 80 marks per paper.