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Sociology at Neston High School

Course description

At Neston High School students are offered the opportunity to study AS and A2 (A level) Sociology, following the AQA syllabus. This course builds on the GCSE qualification, but it is not essential to have studied Sociology at GCSE to take the AS course: students who are willing and able to adapt to the demands of the course can achieve success without having studied it previously (there are students who have achieved A*/A at A level without having taken the GCSE).
It is a popular course which expects students to be independent learners who are interested in current affairs and issues affecting society. Students should be open mindedand must be prepared to challenge their own beliefs and knowledge in order to develop their sociological awareness and skills.
Unit 1 – Twotopics are covered over the course of the first term in Year 12: Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare.
Unit 2 – One topic will be covered over the course of the second term in Year 12: Education with Research Methods.
EXAMINATION – Two written papers, entry in the summer of Year 12. SCLY1:Families and Householdsor Wealth, Poverty and Welfare. 1 hour, marked /60: 40% of AS, 20% of A level.
SCLY2: Educationwith Research Methods. 2hours, marked /90: 60% of AS, 30% of A level. A2 Sociology Unit 3 – One topic, covered over the summer term of Year 12 / autumn Year 13: Power and Politics. Unit 4 – One topic, covered over the spring term of Year 13: Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods.
EXAMINATION: Two written papers, entry in the summer of Year 13.
SCLY3: Power and Politics. 1 hour 30 minutes, marked /60: 20% of A level.
SCLY4: Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods. 2hours, marked /90: 30% of A level.
Why study Sociology?
Higher Education: A level Sociology can lead to Degree courses in many areas, such as: Sociology; Social Science; Criminology; Social Policy; Anthropology; History; Politics; Economics; Law; Journalism; Business / Management; English; Market Research; Cultural Studies; Women’s Studies; Media; Social Administration, etc.
Many occupations value students having studied Sociology at A level and above. For example: Human Resources; Business Consultancy; Police Force; Probation Service; Teaching; Social Work; Social Policy; Nursing; Media; Solicitor, etc.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C with 1 C in English Language or Sociology

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Neston High School directly.

Last updated date: 07 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years