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Sociology AS/A Level 3 (Block C) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

Subjects at GCSE will provide you with many of the skills that you will need to apply to become a critical sociologist. An interest in how society is organised and the role of people within it will be beneficial. The emphasis at A Level is on socialisation, culture and identity and social inequalities. As such you will be able to apply knowledge you already have and key sociological concepts within a theoretical framework. You will be acutely aware of current affairs and the links this has to the stratification of contemporary society; this will often link with policy changes that effect everyday life for many.

Course content

Year 1/AS

This is designed as an introduction to Sociology and involves exploring the main themes with Sociology.

Component 1: Socialisation, culture and identity.

Component 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities.

Year 2

Component 1: Socialisation, culture and identity.

Component 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities.

Component 3: Debates in contemporary society – Globalisation and the Digital Social World and Crime and Deviance

 

Entry requirements

Grade 6 at GCSE in two of English Language, English Literature or History.

Assessment

Year 1/AS

All students follow two core components at AS Level. Component one is worth 50% of the AS level and is assessed as part of a 1½ hour examination. Component two is worth 50% and is assessed as part of a 1½ hour examination.

Year 2

All students following the full A Level course will complete three components. Component one is worth 30% of the A level and is assessed as part of a 1½ hour examination. Component two is worth 35% and is assessed as part of a 2¼ hour examination. Component three is worth 35% and is assessed as part of a 2¼ hour examination.

Future opportunities

University requirements

Typical grade requirements to study Sociology/ a sociology related degree are as follows: Oxbridge: A* AA. Russell Group: ABB to BBB. Non Russell Group: ABB to CCC.

You could go on to do a degree in: Sociology; Philosophy; Religion; Social Science; Political Science; Social History; International Studies; Criminology; Law; Journalism; Business & Marketing; Anthropology; Sociology & Sports Science; International Relations & Sociology

Career Options: Criminologist; Health care; Children’s Services; Police force; Politics; Community work; Writing; Journalism; Teacher; Probation/ Prison service; Social work; Law

Further information

Strong essay writing skills are needed to succeed in this subject. A scholarly approach to its study is also considered as part of the course with students engaging with complex material in a critical and evaluative manner. The scope of the material varies from historical to contemporary society; students will also be challenged to engage with sociological debates that exist in terms of theoretical standpoints and also methodological considerations that researchers face in their study of society.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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