Sociology A Level
Sociology A Level follows the AQA specification and gives insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, crime and social power.
Who Will Teach Me?
The teaching is by a specialist teacher and experienced examiner who is based at The Vale Academy.
What Entry Requirements Do I Need?
Normal Sixth Form entry requirements will gain access to the course. A GCSE grade 4/5 in English is necessary as you will need to express yourself clearly in writing. The ability to evaluate and debate various topics is desirable.
How Will I Be Assessed?
Assessment for the course will be examined through 3 x 2 hour exams at the end of the second year and are worth 80 marks each.
What Will I Learn On This Course?
Throughout your Sociology course you will develop:
1. Your ability to learn independently.
2. Your ability to critically analyse and evaluate concepts and theories.
3. Your ability to carry out practical investigations and analyse data using descriptive statistics.
4. A broader knowledge and understanding of society and how it influences our lives.
Topics will include:
- Research methods: Learn how to conduct your own sociological research, from interviews to reviewing documents and official statistics.
- Education with methods in context: Consider the role of education in society and look at the differences in achievement between genders and ethnic groups. You’ll also learn how to apply your own research methods to the study of education.
- Culture and Identity: Learn how culture is defined and about different types of culture and how children are socialised into their own culture. Discover factors that affect our identity such as age, ethnicity, disability, gender and sexual identity. Also study the role of globalisation on identity.
- Crime and deviance with theory and methods: Learn about criminal and deviant behaviour, including factors that might lead a person to follow this path in life and how the media portrays them.
- The Media: Learn about the relationship between ownership and control of the media, how media represents certain social groups.
What Kind Of Person Studies This Course?
Sociology is a great subject for people who have an interest in people and society and is a good basis for many careers including social work, police, probation, law, journalism and many more.
Whether you study Sociology for your own development or as a key to a profession, there is endless scope for the use of that which you will learn in this subject.
Where Can I Get More Information Or Advice?
For further information you can contact:
Mrs J Hopkinson
The Vale Academy