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Sociology at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls

Course description

The Sociology A Level course has five main aims. These are to enable you to: 
 acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and structures.  appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate  understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods.  reflect on your own experience of the social world in which you live.  develop skills which enhance your ability to participate more effectively in adult life. Specific skills will include the ability to acquire and present evidence and the interpretation and evaluation of that evidence in relation to a range of sociological debates. 
The subject is not one in which there is a clear cut correct answer to each issue. Rather there are a number of perspectives which you will need to consider before you reach your own conclusion. Therefore a willingness to keep an open mind and to discuss issues is essential. You will need to be prepared to work independently on coursework and to maintain a high level of awareness of relevant current affairs. 
The course will challenge your previously held views, but should also lead to a much greater understanding of the society in which you live.  

Course content

Course Details The course is examined in 3 units each of which provides a 1/3 of the total marks. The details of each unit are as follows: 
 Unit 1 covers the topics of the Sociology of Education, Research Methodology and Methodology in the Context of Education.  Unit 2 covers Families and Households and Beliefs in Society.  Unit 3 covers Crime and Deviance and Theories and Methodology. 
All are examined through a mixture of short answer questions and short and full length essays. There is no assessed coursework. 

Entry requirements

General Sixth Form Entry Requirements: Admission to the Sixth Form will be as a result of applicants achieving a minimum Grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics.  In total students need to have achieved at least six GCSEs of which at least four subjects are at Grade 6 (or Grade B). In addition students must meet subject entry requirements. Students meeting only the minimum entry requirements for the Sixth Form are likely to find the choice of subjects which they can access is restricted. 

Subject specific GCSE requirements: Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language or English Literature. Examination Board: AQA 

Further information

From September 2018, MGGS will be offering two pathways at the start of Year 12. These are:

Pathway 1: 3 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme

Pathway 2: 4 A levels to completion plus participation in the Sixth Form Extra Programme (For students achieving at least 8 A* or A / 9-7 grades)

Decisions on whether students do Pathway 1 or 2 will not be made until after GCSE results are published in August 2018.

All students should list five subjects in preference order. The first three will be your preferred A level choices and the fourth and fifth will be considered as reserve choices. If you would like to be considered for Pathway 2, you will be able to indicate this at your Guidance Meeting in February.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Maidstone Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years