About the course
This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.
You will examine topics such as education, crime and deviance and religion, as well as ideas such as power, inequality, socialisation and social control. You will be questioning taken-for-granted views about society and individuals.
Topics in Year One include: The main research methods used by sociologists Families and Education.
Topics in Year Two include: Theories that sociologists use to make sense of our social world; Crime and Deviance; Beliefs in Society.
You will study the course for 4.5 -5 (first year is 4.5 hours and second year is 5) hours per week and you should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language and if taken, grade 4 in Sociology. An interest in social matters and willingness to examine critically your own prejudices, stereotypes and value judgements.
Sociology is a very thought-provoking subject whose usefulness covers a wide variety of situations – academic, social, business and welfare. It is a valuable asset in many careers: personnel, business, marketing, teaching, police force, nursing, social and welfare services and journalism.
Work experience and employability
This course does not contain a work experience component but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.
What additional resources will I need?
You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.
This course is free to students aged 16-18.
Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.
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