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Sociology A Level at Leek High School

Course description

Sociology is suitable for anyone who is interested in developing an understanding of society. It provides the means to increase your awareness of the relationship between society and the individual, giving a valuable insight into ones own life. There is an opportunity to study social problems and themes in real depth and gain sensitive, informed opinions regarding these issues. Candidates should possess a naturally questioning and enquiring mind to be successful at this subject.

Course content

AS Unit 1 

Candidates choose one topic from the following three:-

  • Culture and Identitiy
  • Families and Households
  • Wealth, Poverty and Welfare

This unit is externally assessed by a 1 hour examination. Candidates choose one topic from the following two, Health, Education.

This unit is externally assessed by a two hour examination. A2 Unit 3 A2 Unit 4. Candidates choose one topic from the following four:-

  • Beliefs in Society
  • Global Development
  • Mass Media
  • Power and Politics

The Unit is externally assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes examination. Candidates choose one topic from the following two, Crime and Deviance, Stratification and Differentitation

This unit is externally assessed by a two hour examination.

The third area provides an opportunity to develop the research project.

 

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at grade C or above, plus an interest in society and people.

Assessment

The AS is taken at the end of the first year. Candidates are expected to complete two externally assessed data response questions. The A2 is taken in the second year which can combine with the AS to make the full A level. The A2 comprises of two externally assessed exams.

Future opportunities

Sociology integrates well with many subjects such as English, Psychology and Media Studies. It is relevant to a number of careers in particular the social and health services. It may be combined with a part GNVQ.

The A level qualification also provides the opportunity of progression to the higher level qualifications such as degrees or higher national diplomas. Above all, sociology students profess that by studying the subject they have gained invaluable insights into all areas of their lives which has benefited them both academically and personally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Leek High School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016
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