Sociology A Level
About this course
Have you ever wondered why nationalism is such a powerful force in the modern world? Why terrorism is so prevalent today? Why politicians are mistrusted? Why Africa is so poor? Why celebrity culture is so popular? Why genocide occurs? Why racism persists? Why same-sex marriage causes such controversy? How globalisation is changing our lives? Whether societies could ever be more just? Then Sociology is the subject for you!
What will I learn?
During the course you will:
- Embark on a sociological journey where you will develop a range of critical thinking skills in both classical and traditional theories designed to explore contemporary issues in modern British society and also within global communities. There are four units to be studied during your A Level programme.
- In the first year you will examine the Sociology of Education and Research Methods. You will explore why social class, gender or ethnicity determine educational achievement. In addition you will examine the role of families and households within Britain. You will seek to develop your knowledge on same-sex relationships, divorce, and domestic violence, family diversity and the nature of childhood. You will also consider theoretical debates with references to key sociological and political debates.
- In the second year you will study Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. You will study Ethnicity and Crime, Female Patterns of Offending, Corporate Crime, Ethnic Genocide and Cybercrime. You will also explore Beliefs in Society, where you will be introduced to a range of issues relating to the debate between Science and Religion, Religious Fundamentalism, Globalisation and Religion, and Religion within a Post-modern Society.
How will I be assessed?
During your course you will be assessed through a range of methods.
You will be expected to sit two exams at the end of your first year and two exams at the end of your second year.
What do I need?
- 5 GCSEs at Grade A*-C including English and Maths at grade 4 (grade C)
In certain circumstances we will accept variations to this entry guide and create a personalised programme.
Where can it take me?
- Halesowen College - an exciting range of higher level courses, including Teaching
- University - a range of related degrees
- Careers - many Sociology graduates go on to pursue highly successful careers in the probation service working with criminal offenders, social work (family and children services) health care (linguistic and speech therapy), local and national government, business and finance, education (consultancy), teaching (both college and university) and the charity sector
A good level of knowledge and awareness of social issues would be advantageous to the study of Sociology. It would be recommended to read a range of broadsheet newspapers in order to remain updated on key issues relating to crime, education, and the family.
This A Level subject is designed to prepare you for university and so you will be expected to write essays and produce materials for in class presentations along with engaging in topical classroom discussions. Sociology combines well with a number of subjects. The most popular combinations are Psychology, History, Government and Politics, Economics, Religious Studies and Philosophy.