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Sociology A-Level at Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College

Course description

Sociology appeals to students who are interested in contemporary issues and social problems. It involves taking a step back from our own view of the world and commonsense explanations for the working of society. Explanations and competing sociological theories are assessed through academic assignments, class debates and group activities.

Sociology is a subject that students can relate to. It’s relevant to their everyday lives so they can immediately engage with the subject even if they haven’t studied it before. Studying sociology encourages students to develop critical and reflective thinking skills , and a respect for social diversity, – useful skills to take to higher education and working life.

The course will be of interest to students who:

  • Would enjoy a subject which has relevance and application to their everyday lives
  • Have an interest in a wide range of contemporary social issues/problems wish to embark upon a new area for Advanced Level study without the requirement for a GCSE in the subject
  • The AS qualification consists of two modular units. Topics include cultured identity, education and the application of research methods. A2 builds upon materials covered in the AS Level.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Culture and identity
  • Unit 2: Education and research methods
  • Unit 3: Mass media
  • Unit 4: Crime and deviance and sociological theory
How it is taught

The subject offers an informal yet supportive environment in which to study. Teachers are always available for consultation and guidance. A variety of teaching and learning styles is employed in class, ranging from teacher led to group work and individual presentations. Students are encouraged to take an active role in class discussions and must be sufficiently motivated to carry out preparatory
work for class.

Entry requirements

The usual entry requirement to QE is 5 GCSE grades at C or above including Maths or English. A good number of students study four AS Levels in their first year and to do this we require at least 3B grades and 3C grades at GCSE including Maths and English Language. Students who do not achieve these GCSE grades take fewer subjects at A Level and will be required to do resits in GCSE Maths and English if they have not already achieved a grade C in these core subjects. The College is large enough to have a very flexible timetable that allows students to take almost any combination of subjects at A Level. The advantage of this system is that we can tailor your programme to suit your needs and abilities. We give lots of advice if you decide to apply to the College.

Subject Specific

We prefer students to have a grade C at GCSE in English. Prior study of Sociology is not necessary to start advanced level in this subject.

Future opportunities

Sociology is useful in a wide variety of occupations and degree courses and especially in teaching, nursing, social work, police, probation, advertising or journalism. It is particularly relevant to criminology, psychology, anthropology and social policy. Many degree courses involve some Sociology, e.g. Medicine, Politics, Law and Business Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 17 April 2015
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