A Level Sociology - Option D at Arthur Mellows Village College
Why should I study Sociology?
Sociology involves the study of society and the influences it has in shaping us as individuals. By studying Sociology you will better understand the world you live in whilst advancing your academic skills.
Sociology is the study of people in social groups. You will become more socially aware and will start to see society in a whole new light as you learn about culture, identity, social class, gender and race and ethnicity.
At AS and A Level we examine how we learn certain values and ways of behaving, and how our membership of social groups gives meaning to our lives and shapes our identities.
You will acquire knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary social processes and structures; appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate; understand sociological 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. If you are interested in human behaviour, then this subject will interest you.
What will I do during the course?
At A Level you will study Families and Households, Education and Sociological Methods, Crime and Deviance and Beliefs in Society. You will build up a broad knowledge around these topics, whilst also developing the ability to critically evaluate different perspectives relating to society, covering issues such as social control and the impact of social structure on the individual.
You need to be able to write essays and so at least a B grade in English Language is required. Apart from this, the potential for hard work, dedication and an interest in current affairs and debating issues is a big advantage.
How will I be assessed?
You will be internally assessed throughout the course, particularly at the end of each topic, to check your understanding. This will be mostly in the form of essays, but may also be in the form of a presentation to the rest of the group. The AS qualification will be assessed by two, ninety minute examinations at the end of Year 12. The A Level qualification is examined by three, two hour exams at the end of Year 13. These qualifications are now separate.
Where can it lead?
A number of students have gone on to study Criminology and Sociology at university. Sociology is particularly useful for those interested in joining the “expressive” professions, such as social work, the Police, the Law and teaching.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.