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Sociology A Level at Herne Bay High School

Course description

Sociology is a popular course that builds upon the interests students will have developed in the core subjects of English, Maths & Science and their observations of life in general. It involves the study of society and the structures within it, for example the education system and the impact of the media on society. The course aims to enable students to reflect on their own experience of the social world in which they live. This will include: developing skills which will enhance their ability to participate more effectively in adult life, appreciating the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate, understanding sociological methodology and a range of research methods, as well as acquiring knowledge and critical understanding of contemporary social processes and structures e.g. gender and class conflict in society.

 

Entry requirements

2 Year Course - Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of 9-4, including Maths, English and Science at minimum Grade 4.

 

Prospective students must be willing to undertake reading & research in their own time. Students will need to develop their essay writing skills in terms of both factual content and quality of argument and will regularly complete extended writing tasks under exam conditions.

 

Assessment

  • Paper 1 – Education with Theory & Methods; 2 hour written exam

  • Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology (Families & Households and The Media); 2 hour written exam

  • Paper 3 – Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods; 2 hour written exam

Financial information

There may be a charge for trips or visits etc

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in Sociology, which could lead you onto higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors. You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Herne Bay High School directly.

Last updated date: 13 June 2019
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