Sociology A Level

Sociology A Level

Sociology A Level


Course outline:

Sociology is the study of society. As such, you will learn about the structures, processes and rules for living that dictate how those within society exist on a day-to-day basis. In particular, we will focus upon the study of youth and youth culture, crime and deviance, marxism, social inequality and much more.
Whilst it is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE, we do ask that you come to us with an interest in current affairs, a willingness to listen to others, and inquisitive mind and – most importantly – a readiness to have your views challenged.
Like Psychology, Sociology has a theoretical basis to it – so you will be learning both real world case studies alongside academic theories.

Course structure:

Currently in your first year, you will study youth culture in the first term, and research methods in the second term and we will use the final term as you opportunity to revise with us in a structured environment in order to prepare you for your first year examinations.
In your second year you will study Crime in the first term, Social Inequality in the second term and we will use the final term to make sure that you are fully prepared for your final examinations.

The topics covered over the first two years are:

Component 1 – Socialisation and Culture
Subject areas:

• Youth Culture
• Education

Component 2 – Methods of Sociological Enquiry
Subject area:

• Research methods

Component 3 – Power and Stratification
Subject areas:

• Social divisions and inequalities
• Crime and deviance

All three components are assessed by examinations. There is no coursework. We expect you to keep up-to-date with events and developments in the world around us by engaging with news, social and other forms of media as well as reading widely around the subject.


Key Facts:

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    Examination Board

    WJEC

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    Duration

    Two years

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    Minimum entry requirements:

    Five GCSEs Level 4 – 9 including Level 5 in English

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    Possible combinations:

    We strongly recommend that you combine Sociology with other social science subjects such as Psychology, History, Ancient History, English, Law and/or Criminology.

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    Skills developed:

    • Developing an argument
    • Oral and written discussion
    • Researching and analysing

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    Likely next step opportunities:

    • Higher Education for degree courses in Sociology or in related subjects such as
    criminology, social work etc.
    • Careers involving people, such as the forces, health services, journalism, law, management, personnel, police, social work

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    Assessment summary:

    100% examinations


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