Sociology A/AS level at Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School
Sociology is the study of our society, of its people and their behaviour. If you want to understand society and explore why it is the way it is then AS Sociology will offer you a general introduction to the subject. You will examine and investigate the structure of society, social institutions such as the family and the education system. You will learn how to think about the social world in a way that goes beyond our normal ‘common sense’ understanding. In AS Sociology you will explore the core themes of socialisation, social inequality and difference, culture and identity, power and control within the topics of the family and education. You will also learn about the general theories and methods of research that sociologists have developed in order to study society. The AS can be used as a qualification on its own, with its own UCAS points. If you are successful on the AS course you can go on to A Level. In A Level Sociology you will develop your knowledge and understanding of the core themes of Sociology within topics such as Beliefs in Society, Religion and Crime and Deviance. You will also continue to learn about Sociological Theory and Research Methods when studying these topics.
Your course choices will be personal to you, so it is difficult to specify general entry requirements. Whatever courses you choose, the most important requirements are: • an enthusiastic and positive approach to your studies • a commitment to being part of Our Lady’s community and meeting the high expectations we have of our students • full time attendance and punctuality Each course has its own entry requirements and so it is important that you check the course details carefully. If you haven’t got a Grade 4 in GCSE English or Maths when you join the Sixth Form, you will be required to continue your studies in these subjects and resit these qualifications.
For AS there are two exams in the summer term. One on the Sociology of Education, including Methods in Context questions, also Family and Households including a research methods section. The full A Level consists of three ‘stand-alone’ exams at the end of the second year. Including Education with Theory and Methods, Topics in Sociology (Family & Households and Beliefs in Society) and Crime and Deviance. All exams are two hours long.
Sociology provides an excellent foundation for further study in a range of Humanities and Social Science subjects. Students with AS/A Level Sociology often go on to do degrees in subjects such as Psychology, History, Law and Social Work, to name but a few. A qualification in Sociology is useful for a wide range of careers. It is of particular value to anybody wanting a career which involves working with people and communities (e.g. police, social work, teaching, nursing and Social Policy).
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Our Lady's Convent Roman Catholic High School directly.