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Sociology A level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level Sociology is the study of the society through an in-depth look at various elements such as the family, education, the mass media and crime and deviance.
You will tackle various issues by looking at the diversity of family types in our society today, whether childhood still exists, which gender perform better within education and why this is. You will also research patterns in criminal behaviour and the impact of the mass media upon individuals by assessing issues such as whether exposure to violent media can make us act in a violent way.

As an A Level Sociology student you will be expected to take part in discussions and debates in relating to controversial topics. You will also be expected to develop and apply knowledge of research methods in relation to a certain given context within sociology and produce well focused and developed critical responses to examination style questions. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C which should include English and Maths.

If you have not achieved a GCSE Grade C or above in English and/or Maths, you will be required to re-sit these exams during your AS year.

If you would like to study AS Maths or a science subject, you must achieve a grade B or higher in GCSE Maths plus a grade B (double award Science requires BB) in the science subject you wish to study.

Other Level 2 qualifications from the National Qualifications Framework, including BTEC First Diplomas and OCR Nationals, will be considered on an individual basis at the college’s discretion.


Learning and Assessment

A Level Sociology has 4 main modules within the course which are complemented through in-depth study of the advantages and disadvantages of using various research methods when undertaking sociological research. 
These main modules are: 
• Families and Households 
• Education 
• Mass Media
• Crime and Deviance
Throughout these modules you will also be applying you knowledge of theories, such as feminism and Marxism to offer support and criticisms in relation to various issues.
There is no coursework within this subject but you will be given the opportunity to undertake your own research project to gain a full understanding of various issues covered within the course.

Future opportunities

Many of our students study sociology at degree level, with a large volume of students choosing to focus on specific elements such as criminology. 
Sociology gives students a good understanding of various members within society and therefore sociologists tend to progress into careers within the caring profession in occupations such as mental health nursing, social work, teaching and jobs within human resources. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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