Sociology A Level at The Grange School
Sociology is the study of society and social behaviour. It focuses on the social world, families, mass media, education, religion, international relations, crime and deviance, social class, race, gender and people's relationship to that world. Sociologists would claim that society is the single most important influence in your life, and would argue that our behaviour can be largely explained by social circumstances and experiences. This subject will be of interest to you if you want to find out how society works. Studying Sociology will definitely help develop your essay skills, allowing you to discuss different views on social issues in a critical and evaluative way. Being able to draw on a range of perspectives, evidence and contemporary issues is excellent preparation for university and employment. Sociology provides a strong understanding of social and political issues, past and present.
Sociology covers three components: Component 1 is Socialisation, culture and identity and introduces students to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity and develops these themes through the context of the media. This option develops skills that enable students to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and to develop a lifelong interest in social issues. Component 2 is Researching and understanding social inequalities and explores the methods of sociological enquiry and develops knowledge and understanding of social inequality. It enables students to start looking at the causes of social inequality. Component 3 engages students in theoretical debates and how these relate to a contemporary global society. The component develops knowledge and understanding of social processes and social change. It develops links between the topics studied in this component, the nature of sociological thought, contemporary social policy and the core themes.
A Level Sociology is very good preparation for university, where strong essay writing skills are very important. It is regarded as a demanding and rigorous A Level which combines well with any other combination of subjects. The requirement for this course is that students attain a B grade or above at GCSE English due to the need for strong essay writing skills, although students who have attained a high level C grade in English may be considered.
The assessment consists of three written examinations, one for each component. Component 1 is worth 90 marks and is 1 hour 30 minutes and is 30% of the final marks, Component 2 is 105 marks and is 2 hours 15 minutes and is 35 %of the final mark, Component 3 is 105 marks and is 2 hours 15 minutes and is 35 % of the final mark.
This course can lead to a variety of higher educational courses such as Sociology, Criminology, Poltiics, Anthropology and Social Policy. In terms of career opportunities, the course develops written communication, independent learning and skills of analysis and evaluation. A variety of specialist careers such as: Business, public relations & human resources, social services, teaching, public administration, counseling, protective social services (criminal justice related fields), law, education, and medicine are available with further study at degree level and beyond The social focus of the course provides students with many insights into areas like health, education, social policy, development and research. Therefore, this is a useful qualification for many fields of employment.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Grange School directly.