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Sociology A Level at Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College

Course description

The value of sociology lies in its ability to help you better understand the processes that are taking places within society. With this understanding you will be able to ‘choose’ your own opinions and views from a broad range of ideas studies, rather than just accepting the narrow range of ideas previously presented to you.

You will also be better able to understand the underlying assumptions and values about society which are often considered as ‘obvious’, ‘truthful’, or ‘scientifically-based’.

Sociology does not come neatly gift-wrapped requiring little more than you to unpack it. Sociology is an inherently controversial subject which deals with problems which should be of pressing interest to us all. These problems may be the objects of major controversies and conflicts within society itself. Studying sociology will give you a better insight into the world in which you live and it will help you to have a greater understanding of people in general.

The course encourages learners to:

  • Acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes

  • Appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate

  • Understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process

  • Develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society

  • Develop a lifelong interest in social issues

Course content

Year 12

Students in Year 12 follow the WJEC Eduqas Sociology syllabus (http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/sociology/as-a-level/eduqas-a-sociology-spec-from-2015.pdf). All components of the syllabus are examined at the end of the two year programme

This offers students the opportunity to develop their critical and reflective thinking, whilst developing an awareness of society and the issues within the diverse society we live in.

During the first year of study, learners will cover the following:

 

Content of exam

Total percentage of qualification

Total of marks

Component 1: Socialisation and Culture

 

 

 

 

Length of exam:

 

2 hours and 30 minutes

Section A – 20 marks

One structured question on key concepts and processes

 

Section B – 50 marks

Families and Households option which includes a compulsory question and a choice between two essay questions

 

Section C – 50 marks

Education option which includes a compulsory questions and a choice between two essay questions

40%

120 marks

Component 2: Methods of Sociological Enquiry

 

Length of exam:

 

1 hour and 45 minutes

Two compulsory questions.

 

One question will be based on stimulus material

 

One questions will include extended writing requiring learners to design, justify and evaluate a piece of sociological research

20%

60 marks

Year 13

Students in Year 13 also follow the WJEC Eduqas Sociology syllabus. Learners will continue to study the following components:

 

Content of exam

Total percentage of qualification

Total of marks

Component 2: Methods of Sociological Enquiry

 

Length of exam:

 

1 hour and 45 minutes

Two compulsory questions.

 

One question will be based on stimulus material

 

One questions will include extended writing requiring learners to design, justify and evaluate a piece of sociological research

20%

60 marks

Component 3: Power and Stratification

 

 

 

Length of exam:

 

2 hours and 30 minutes

Section A – 60 marks

One question on the theme of social differentiation and stratification which will include a compulsory question and a choice between two essay questions

 

Section B – 60 marks

Crime and deviance option which will include a compulsory question and a choice between two essay questions

 

40%

120 marks

Entry requirements

To complete the full A-level programme, learners must have 5 GCSE’s (or equivalent) grade 5 or above. More specifically for Sociology, learners must have GCSE English or History at grade 6 or higher. Should you still wish to be considered with a Grade 5, you should request an interview with the course leader Emma Douglas (emma.douglas@stc.ac.uk).

Assessment

All components of the course are examined at the end of the two year programme (see the tables above). Learners will be informally assessed throughout the course also through classroom activities as well as homework.

A-level study places a greater emphasis on individuals becoming independent learners. Learners will need to take responsibility for their own learning by coming prepared to class. In addition, to class study, they should be prepared to study for a minimum of 5 additional hours per week, and should expect to be set independent work (or homework) each week.

Future opportunities

Most learners who study A-level Sociology decide to continue their studies at Higher Education level by completing a Sociology degree, or a degree in a related discipline. Some learners may wish to stay on with South Tyneside College and study the Foundation Degree in Criminal Justice (http://www.stc.ac.uk/professional-and-vocational-college/course/university-sunderland-foundation-degree-criminal-justice).

Sociology can benefit learners who choose alternative degrees or careers paths and can be directly related to the following occupations:

  • Social researcher

  • Community Development/Local Government worker

  • Further education lecturer

  • Social Worker

  • Nursing/Caring profession

In addition, Sociology can be useful in a variety of other degrees/careers:

  • Probation officer

  • Charity fundraiser

  • Housing manager/officer

  • Human resources

  • Marketing

  • Media and Media relations

  • Policing

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Monkwearmouth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 21 February 2018
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  • Start date: Next September

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