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Sociology A Level at Malton School

Course description

Sociology is the study of our society, and the people, groups and institutions within it. In this dynamic and challenging course you will learn about the ideas, theories and methods of sociological study. The study of sociology will demand that you think critically about the world around you and is definitely not a course for the faint-hearted! The Sociology department follows the OCR specification. Its emphasis is on students being able to apply their sociological knowledge to the world about them.

New A-Level

2015 will be the first year for the study and assessment of the new specification. If studying for the full A Level students will take three papers over the two years which will all be sat at the end of that time. If students only wish to study the AS Level, they will sit the first two papers only at the end of one year. In this instance the weighting of the papers is 50% each.

The papers are as follows:

1. Introducing socialisation, culture and identity.

Themes developed through the context of Families and Relationships.

Assessment 1 hour 30 mins written paper 30% of total A Level.

2. Research methods and researching social inequalities

Assessment 2 hours 15 mins written paper 35% of total A Level.

3. Globalisation and the digital social world.

Debates explored through a detailed study of Education.

Assessment 2 hours 15 mins written paper 35% of total A Level.

Entry requirements

You do not need to have studied this subject at GCSE to study at A Level but you will write many essays so it is advisable to have, at the very least, C grade in English. You must also be interested in the society in which you live, and finding out why it operates in the way it does. Sociology at AS/A2 is an academically rigorous course and you should be prepared for such demands.

Future opportunities

AS/A2 Sociology can help lead to careers in journalism, advertising, market research, law, social work, nursing and teaching, amongst many others. It should be noted that Sociology develops many of the valuable and critical thinking skills that employers are searching for.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Malton School directly.

Last updated date: 20 February 2017

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