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Sociology A Level at Feversham College

Course description

A-level Sociology offers you the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods– it is essentially the study of society as well as how we should go about studying society. It is designed to encourage you to demonstrate the application of a range of skills that you build up as you progress through the course. We will look at relevant topics connected to society such as education, the changing nature of families and crime. You should be prepared to work hard in and outside class and complete shorter answer questions as well as extended essays as part of this course. Sociology can be combined with many subjects as it provides transferable skills which are attractive to university tutors and employers. People who have studied sociology have entered a range of careers including teaching, social work and the health care.

Course content

Under the new A-level specification students will have the opportunity to study a range of topics:

  • Education with Theory and Methods
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • Families and Households
  • Beliefs in Society

Entry requirements

The GCSE profile of students following the academic pathway is 5 A*-B (including English Language) and A*-C in Maths.

Assessment

All students will need to complete exams for two units to be awarded an AS in Sociology. These will be examined in paper 1 and 2. Those students who continue with A2 Sociology will complete a further 3 papers in year 13– they will retake papers 1 and 2, but this time to A-level standard (rather than AS standard) and will also take an additional third paper.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods 2 hour written exam, worth one third of A-level

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology 2 hour written exam, worth one third of A-level

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 2 hour written exam, worth one third of A-level

Future opportunities

Your AS / A2 will be nationally recognised by all universities and institutions and will contribute to your points score for entry into higher education.

A qualification in Sociology can take you in many different directions, especially if you enjoy working with people. The study of sociology enables you to enter many professions and careers including that of teacher, social worker, sociologist, researcher, councillor, lecturer and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Feversham College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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