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Sociology A Level at Queen Katharine Academy

Course description

-Post-16 students have the option of studying Sociology at AS or A Level.
-AS Level is a one year course and can be taken in Year 12 or 13.
-The full A Level course is a two year course and in the first year students cover the same material as the AS Level course completing the remainder of the specification in the second year.
-AS Students will study 2 components and A2 students 3 components.
-Assessment is by exams only, there is no coursework.
-AS candidates will take two exams at the end of the year.
-A2 candidates will take three exams at the end of two years.
Sociology Component 1
-All students have to study socialisation, culture and identity.
-In addition we will study 1 of 3 options: Families and relationships, Youth subcultures or Mass Media.
Sociology Component 2
-All students will study research methods.
-AS candidates will study 2 forms of social inequality: Social class and Gender.
-A2 candidates will study 4 forms of social inequality: Social class, Gender, Ethnicity and Age.
Sociology Component 3
-All students will study Globalisation and the digital world
-In addition we will study 1 of 3 options: Crime and Deviance, Education or Religion, Belief and Faith

Course content

Sociology is the study of the relationship between individuals and society. It starts off from the assumption that to understand individuals’ behaviour and thinking we need to look at how this is shaped by society, for example in the ideas we learn from family, friends, school and mass media. Sociologists study society in a systematic way collecting evidence from research and use this evidence to construct theories. As a sociology student you will need to familiarise yourself with some of this research and understand now different theories offer different interpretations of what is going on in society. You will also learn to develop useful skills which can be used not only in sociology

Entry requirements

You'll need 5A* to C's or equivalent preferably including Maths and English.

 

Assessment

AS Students will study 2 components and A2 students 3 components

Assessment is by exams only, there is no coursework.-

AS candidates will take two exams at the end of the year.

A2 candidates will take three exams unit at the end of two years.

Future opportunities

You could then go on to study in higher education. Sociology is offered as a degree course in its own right or you could study it in combination with other subjects. Many other degrees also involve elements of sociology for example Media Studies, Education/Teacher training, Nursing and Criminology. Sociology is also a useful grounding for many occupations including social work, probation service, the police, teaching, journalism, health professions, advertising, personnel management and the civil service.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 November 2015
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