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Sociology A Level at Carmel College

Course description

Are you interested in contemporary, modern Britain? Do you want to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of the social world in which you live? Then choose Sociology and learn to develop your skills in organising and presenting information, ideas, descriptions and arguments.

Course content

You will study modules introducing:

  •  Socialisation
  • Culture and identity (with a particular focus on youth subcultures)
  • Research methods and social inequalities
  • Globalisation and the digital world (with a particular focus on crime and deviance)

Entry requirements

You will need GCSE grade C in English Language.


Exam Board - OCR

You will sit 3 exams at the end of the second year. The first exam will be 1 hour 30 minutes (30% of the total A level); the second and third exams will be 2 hours and 15 minutes each (each are 35% of the total A level).

Future opportunities

Sociology students go on to a hugely diverse range of careers and H.E. courses, from jobs in the media, such as researchers and journalists, to teaching, police work, social work, health care – the list is endless!

There is also a wide variety of opportunities in all aspects of social research, such as youth services, criminal justice system, education, etc.

Further information

What is the Sociology department like?

Our Sociology department has a range of specialist resources to help you with your knowledge, skills and interest in the subject. We have multi-media projectors and interactive white boards in each of our teaching bases, specialist journals, an up-to date and wide ranging collection of books, DVDs and a well-developed dedicated area on the college intranet site. We tackle contemporary topics in exciting ways and work on developing your research skills for you to become a sociologist in the making. We use a wide variety of teaching and e-learning methods to help you to make sense of your own experiences in society, and to give you the ‘tools’ which will allow you to become a better informed and more socially aware member of society.

What support will I receive?

In Sociology, you will develop the necessary skills to enable you to assess different views and reach conclusions about society, based on a careful consideration of evidence. As most schools do not offer GCSE Sociology, it is not necessary to have any prior learning in the subject – we help you to develop and understand the elements and skills in Sociology. We have an established and sound tutorial system where you can ask any member of the department for help at any time. In addition, you can ask the Study Support Tutors for specific help, for example, with essay writing.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Carmel College directly.

Last updated date: 05 September 2016

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