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Sociology AS/A Level at Reigate College

Course description

Sociology is a broad ranging subject that attempts to explain human behaviour, exploring the extent to which individuals’ life chances are shaped by their wealth, gender and ethnicity. Along the way students will find out some extremely interesting facts about modern Britain and the wider world; they will learn that our society is full of hidden injustices and encounter some very radical views on topical social issues.

Modules include Families and Households, Education, Global Development and Crime and Deviance.

The study of Research Methods also runs through the course. 

Course content

AS Sociology consists of four elements taught over one academic year:
 
  • Families and Households
  • Research Methods
  • Education
  • Research Methods in the context of Education
Assessment will be by two exam papers (both 1 hour 30 minutes in length). 
 
A Level Sociology consists of eight elements taught over two academic years:
 
  • Families and Households
  • Research Methods
  • Education
  • Research Methods in the context of Education
  • Global Development
  • Theory and Methods
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Research Methods in the context of Crime and Deviance
Assessment will be by three exam papers (each 2 hours in length) at the end of the second academic year.

Entry requirements

A miminum of 5 GCSEs at Grade C or above, including English Language.

Students will enjoy Sociology if they have a genuine interest in finding out how society works, the causes of social problems and their potential solutions.

The course will help to develop a growing sense of social responsibility with an emphasis on how wider society and world issues influence our relationships with others.

Students should enjoy sharing ideas and interacting with others and have a high standard of written communication. They should also have the ability to both think and work independently.

Assessment

AS Sociology is assessed by two exam papers:
  • Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context (60 marks, 1 hour and 30 minute written examination, 50% of the AS Level)
  • Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology - Families and Households option (60 marks, 1 hour and 30 minute written examination, 50% of the AS Level)
 
A Level Sociology is assessed by three exam papers, all at the end of the second academic year incorporating the two years of study: 
  • Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods (2 hour written exam, 80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology – Families and Households and Global Development (2 hour written exam, 80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)
  • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2 hour written exam, 80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)

Future opportunities

Sociology is a well respected and valued subject by employers, hence Sociology graduates are highly sought after by many professions. Sociology prepares students especially well for careers in Business and Management, the Voluntary and Charitable sectors, Teaching, Social Work, The Police Force, Social Research and International Development, as well as other professions that require the ability to analyse and synthesise, to write with purpose and to argue and present a case well.

Students who have an initial interest in doing a degree in the Social Sciences may want to consider Sociology’s cognate disciplines: Criminology, International Development, Anthropology and Social Policy.

Further information

Sociology students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related trips. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • a visit to the Newbridge Conference on Crime and Deviance at which ex-offenders and criminal justice professionals speak about their experiences of crime
  • a visit to the annual Women of the World Conference, where students have the chance to engage with some of the world's leading feminist thinkers.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 July 2016
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