Sociology A Level at Cedars Upper School
This course offers candidates the opportunity of developing the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods. It is designed to encourage candidates to demonstrate the application of a range of skills and consider
the integration of sociological themes. The themes should be understood and applied to
particular substantive areas of Sociology. These themes are to be interpreted broadly as threads running through many areas of social life and cannot not therefore, be regarded as discrete topics:
• Socialisation, culture and identity
• Social differentiation, power and stratification.
Assessments employ a variety of familiar question types, including short answer and extended writing/essays, which target:
• Knowledge and understanding
• Analysis and evaluation.
In the first year students will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Following this, students will focus on contemporary society but they should demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding
and more highly developed skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. The three areas of study will be:
Paper 1: Education with theory and methods.
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology.
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.
Because of the academic nature of the A level courses, we would prefer students to have gained a minimum level 5 at GCSE level in English Language.
100 % exam at the end of year 2. 3 X 2 hour exams.
Paper 1: Education with theory and methods 2 hours, 80 marks, 1/3 of A level:
Unit 3.1.1 Education
Unit 3.1.2 Methods in Context
Unit 3.1.3 Theory and Methods
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology 2 hours, 80 marks, 1/3 A level:
3.2.2 Families and Households
3.2.5 Beliefs in Society
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 2 hours, 80 marks, 1/3 A level:
3.3.1 Crime and Deviance
3.3.2 Theory and Methods
Cost of purchasing text book and revision guides from school or independently.
There are many areas in which a background in Sociology can be useful. Sociology is a wellregarded subject by Universities. Sociology helps develop an understanding of social behaviour and therefore is particularly relevant to careers which involve working with people, e.g. teaching, social work, health care, police and prison service. Students could also go on to study a variety of courses including Sociology or other Social Sciences in higher education.
Throughout the course of study, candidates are encouraged to develop a critical awareness of sociological concepts and issues in the contemporary UK. The course is designed to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity; and to encourage an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. The course therefore provides a suitable foundation for the study of sociology or related courses in higher education or further study in social sciences.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.