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Sociology A level at Harris Academy Merton

Course description

Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, having as its subject matter our own behaviour as social beings.

“The scope of Sociology is extremely wide, ranging from the analysis of passing encounters between individuals in the street, up to the investigation of world-wide social processes".  Anthony Giddens ("Sociology", 1989).

Course content

AS Level

Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context. 1 hour 30 minutes.

Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology. 1 hour 30 minutes. 

  • Research Methods section compulsory and then to answer questions on one topic out of the following options: Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Health and Work Poverty and Welfare.

 

A Level

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods. 2 hours. 

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology. 2 hours.

  • To complete one section from Option 1 and one section from Option 2. Topic choices in Option 1 are Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Health and Work, Poverty and Welfare. Topic choices in Option 2 are Beliefs in Society, Global Development, The Media and Stratification and Differentiation.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. 2 hours 

Entry requirements

Standard Sixth Form Entry Requirements:

  • To study 4 A levels: must have average GCSE points score of 52+
  • To study 3 A levels: must have 7 A* - C grades in full course GCSE subjects
  • To study 3 A levels/vocational combination: must have 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or Merit or above in Vocational subjects
  • To study vocational level 3 subjects: 5 A* - C/9 - 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent, with at least a merit/C/4 grade in a relevant vocational qualification or GCSE
  • Extended writing A level subject students will need a combination of at least grades 4 and 5 in English Language and English Literature

Subject specific requirements:

Students require a grade B or above in English Language GCSE.

Assessment

Each unit is assessed through an exam.  All exams are taken at the end of the year.  There is no course work/controlled assessment element to this qualification.

Future opportunities

Sociology will prepare you for careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face.  This leads to jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector.  They include charity fundraiser, community development worker, counsellor, lecturer, housing officer, teacher, probation officer, social researcher, social worker and welfare rights adviser.

There are also wider transferable skills that you can develop including the ability to judge and evaluate evidence; understanding the complexity and diversity of situations, including organizations themselves; collecting information and making reasoned and logical arguments.  Sociology students will also develop a wider set of transferable skills like team-working; verbal communication skills; showing initiative, and being able to work in a way that is supportive of equality and diversity in the workplace.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Merton directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2016
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