Sociology A Level at Harris Academy Beckenham
Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, having as its subject matter our own behaviour as social beings. “The scope of Sociology is extremely wide, ranging from the analysis of passing encounters between individuals in the street, up to the investigation of world-wide social processes". Anthony Giddens ("Sociology", 1989).
Paper 1: Education with theory and methods - 2 hours (All sections compulsory).
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology and research methods - 2 hours (Research Methods section compulsory and then students answer all questions on one topic from section A and section B).
The optional units are as follows:
- Section A: Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Health and Work Poverty and Welfare.
- Section B: Beliefs in society, global development, the media, stratification and differentiation
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory - 2 hours. (All questions compulsory).
Students require a grade 5 or above in English Language GCSE and in Maths GCSE. If students have taken Sociology GCSE they need to have achieved grade 6 or above. If students have only achieved a grade 5 in Maths GCSE they will be expected to follow the Level 3 Core Maths programme.
Exam Board: AQA
Students sit examinations in their A Level courses at the end of Year 13. All students will take internal end of year examinations at the end of year 12 to determine suitability to continue with the subject in Year 13. Students who do not meet the required pass grade in the Year 12 end of year examinations will not be permitted to progress into Year 13.
Each unit is assessed through an exam. All exams are taken at the end of year 13, each of the exams is 2 hours long and a maximum of 80 marks per paper available. There is no coursework/controlled assessment element to this qualification.
Sociology will prepare you for careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face. This leads to jobs in Social Services, Education, Criminal Justice, Welfare Services, Government, Counselling, Charities and the Voluntary Sector. They include Charity Fundraiser, Community Development Worker, Counsellor, Lecturer, Housing Officer, Teacher, Probation Officer, Social Researcher, Social Worker and Welfare Rights Adviser.
There are also wider transferable skills that you can develop including the ability to judge and evaluate evidence; understanding the complexity and diversity of situations, including organizations themselves; collecting information and making reasoned and logical arguments. Sociology students will also develop a wider set of transferable skills like team-working; verbal communication skills; showing initiative, and being able to work in a way that is supportive of equality and diversity in the workplace.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harris Academy Beckenham directly.