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Sociology AS & A Level at St Brendan's Sixth Form College

Course description

This course has most similarity with the study of History, Politics and Psychology. It is appropriate for students who are interested in the functioning of modern society, human behaviour and contemporary social issues and who enjoy conveying their ideas in writing.

Sociologists produce theories to explain human behaviour (Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism, etc.) and students must be prepared to study these theories and the related research in detail. There is a great deal of reading and essay based assessment; students must be able to interpret essay titles and produce coherent, fluent essays. It is essential that they develop analytical and evaluative skills in relation to both empirical and theoretical data.

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at Grades A*-C or at point 4-9 (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
  • Proof of success in academic, exam-tested essay based GCSE subjects such as History or Religious Studies.
  • Students need to be fully aware of the essay commitment in this exam based course.

Assessment

First Year

The course will be examined in the following pattern:

  • Paper 1 Education, with methods in context
    1 hour 30 mins written paper
    50% of AS Level
  • Paper 2 Research Methods and Topics in Sociology (Family)
    1 hour 30 mins written paper
    50% of AS Level

Second Year

The course will be examined in the following pattern: 

  • Paper 1 Education, Theory and Methods
    2 hour written paper
    33.3% of total A Level
  • Paper 2 Topics in Sociology : Families and Beliefs in Society
    2 hour written paper
    33.3% of total A Level
  • Paper 3 Crime and deviance with Theory and methods
    2 hour written paper
    33.3% of total A Level

Financial information

There are no charges incurred on this course.

Future opportunities

The full A-level in Sociology provides a sound basis for students who wish to proceed to Higher Education as well as being a useful background for careers in nursing, social work, health care, education, public relations, the media, personnel, police, law and the leisure industry. Sociology combines well with most other subjects.

Further information

Support for student learning is provided by extensive Moodle documents and video extracts. Textbooks written by the AQA examiner are available to all students. The Library & Information Centre provides access to the Internet and is well stocked with Sociology books and reference works. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Brendan's Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2016

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