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Sociology A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Who should study Sociology?

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, childhood and social power. More than once during the course you’re bound to ask yourself the question, “Why have we developed like this? Poverty, ignorance, crime, injustice ....... shouldn’t we have left them in the Stone Age?”

Course content

The specification provides a smooth transition from GCSE Sociology, although this is not a prerequisite for studying AS/A Level Sociology. The course has been designed so that candidates will acquire the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods, together with the application of a range of skills. It has also been designed to allow the integration of sociological themes, such as socialisation, culture and identity, and social differentiation, power and stratification.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.

Subject Specific

GCSE grade B in English

Assessment

AS Sociology

Unit 1 Education with Methods in Context.

This unit is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination and accounts for 50% of the AS grade.

Unit 2 Research Methods and Topics in Sociology– Families and Households.

This unit is assessed by a 1 hour 30 minutes written examination and accounts for 50% of the AS grade.

A Level Sociology

Unit 1 Education with Theory and Methods.

This unit is assessed by a two hour written examination and accounts for 33.3% of the A level grade.

Unit 2 Topics in Sociology– Families and Households, Beliefs in Society.

This unit is assessed by a two hour written examination and accounts for 33.3% of the A level grade.

Unit 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

This unit is assessed by a two hour written examination and accounts for 33.3% of the A level grade.

Future opportunities

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine. The subject is also useful in a number of other careers such as marketing, advertising, public relations, journalism, law or teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brampton Manor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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