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AS/A2 Sociology at The Bluecoat Academy

Course description

What will be studied ?

Sociology is essentially the study of groups and cultures within society.

During the two years, students will look at different aspects of society in more detail, and question why society functions in the way that it does.

The AQA specification will be taught as follows:

AS level

• Education

• Methods in Context and Research Methods

• Family and households

You will be examined at the end of the course by two written papers:

• Paper 1 – Education and Methods in Context (90 minutes)

• Paper 2 – Research methods and Families and households (90 minutes)

A level The first year of the A level covers the same ground as the AS. For the final year of the A level, the following topics will also be studied: Crime and Deviance • Beliefs in society • A-level students will be expected to show more range and depth of knowledge and understanding than AS students, together with more highly developed skills in analysis and evaluation.

The A level is assessed by three written exam papers at the end of the course:

• Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods (2 hours)

• Paper 2 – Families and households and Beliefs in Society (2 hours)

• Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2 hours)

Who should do this course ?

This course will provide ideal preparation for students who are considering university and higher education. It will help to develop analytical and evaluative skills, and help students to write essays that present arguments logically and coherently.

This course will also appeal to students who:

• Are comfortable and confident in writing essays.

• Are interested how society works and how people behave.

• Are interested in working in the public sector e.g. NHS, teaching, social work

. • Are interested in current events.

How is the course delivered ?

The course is taught using a variety of methods including class discussion, independent library research, presentations and taught lessons.

It is important that you keep up to date with current events that may be relevant to your study; as such some lessons may be focused on a recent news article or published piece of research. There is a clear focus throughout on examination preparation, with regular assessment to monitor your progress and prepare you for exams.

What equipment will I need ?

It is recommended that you buy a course text book as it will help you to develop and consolidate your knowledge. Your teachers will be able to give you details of suitable texts. You will also require a range of basic stationery.

Entry requirements

Students wishing to take A level Sociology should have five A* - C grades at GCSE including Maths, with English at grade B or above as a high level of literacy will be required to do well in this subject.


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bluecoat Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2015

Key information

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