LEVEL 3: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: AQA
It is a subject that encourages you to see the world from different perspectives. It asks questions like;
- Why are some cultures valued more than others?
- Why are middle-class students more likely to go to university?
- Why do people commit crimes?
- What impact is social media having on society?
It is a theoretical and conceptual subject and you will learn a wide range of key concepts.
You are encouraged to actively engage in lessons. Group work, mini whiteboard activities, lectures, research, question and answer, and student presentations are all used in lively but focused classes.
You will develop a variety of useful transferable skills, notably analysis and evaluation, and written and verbal communication skills.
This course provides an awareness of the importance of social structure and action in explaining a range of sociological issues.
Focusing on contemporary society, you will develop both reflective and critical thinking about the world around you and embrace respect for diversity within society.
You will study;
- education, theory and methods
- crime and deviance
- the media, culture and identity.
You will benefit from visiting speakers and we aim to run several trips and activities.
As a minimum, you will need (or equivalent to);
- GCSE Mathematics grade 4
- GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4
- plus three more GCSEs at grade 4.
Sociology is 100% exam based.
There will be three exams, each one is 2 hours in duration.
The subject is essay based and most (91.6%) of the marks come from extended writing questions.
For this reason, we spend a significant amount of time developing your essay writing technique with practice assessments so you feel well-prepared and confident for your exams.
Sociology opens up a wide range of careers in areas such as Welfare, Education, Social Research, Business, Marketing and Health Care.
It will provide you with a wide range of the skills that employers look for, including communication, interpersonal, problem-solving and analytical skills.
Past students have progressed to study courses such as Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, Nursing, Psychology and Business.
Do I need any prior knowledge?
No, all you need is an interest in the world around you.
Are there any trip opportunities?
Students have visited Shepton Mallet Prison to experience being a prisoner for the day, a university to experience a higher education setting and enjoyed a London residential.
We also have had many guest speakers (including Keith Trobe, Author of the A level Sociology textbook).
In previous years, students have had the opportunity to travel abroad with trips to Berlin and Prague which we hope to offer again.