Five 9 – 4 grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade 4/C in GCSE English Language.
If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
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Unit 1: Socialisation, culture and identity
An introduction to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity which develops these themes through the context of one of three options. These options develop skills that enable you to focus on personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society and to develop a lifelong interest in social issues.
Section A: Introducing Socialisation, Culture and Identity
Section B: Option
Unit 2: Researching and understanding social inequalities
You will gain knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and social change in the context of social inequality and difference. You will develop understanding of the links between the nature of sociological thought and the methods of sociological enquiry.
Section A: Research methods and researching social inequalities
Section B: Understanding social inequalities
Unit 3: Debates in contemporary society
Section A: This section provides you with the opportunity to consider developments in digital forms of communication within global society and how these developments are related to social capital. You will gain an overview of how Marxists, feminists and postmodernists view digital forms of communication and the impact of digital social communication – whether this is on people’s identity, social inequalities or relationships. You will also consider the impact on culture in terms of conflict and change, cultural homogenisation and culture defence.
Section B: Crime and deviance (this also includes a global aspect).
The fascination of sociology lies in the fact that it makes us see, in a new light, the very world in which we have lived all our lives. It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is things are not what they seem. If you are interested in our society and want to find out why things such as inequality exist this course will interest you. If you have a curiosity about human beings and their lives you will find sociology interesting and rewarding. Sociology prepares you for a lifetime of change, developing an appreciation of diversity, love of learning, writing and study skills, as well as a knowledge base about human behaviour, social organisation, and culture.
Sociology will help you understand the connection between culture, identity and behaviour, why people stereotype and judge each other and how society affects our life chances and futures. As a subject it suits students who can see things from more than one point of view and who can present arguments well. It is particularly useful for students who are studying subjects such as Law, Psychology, Business Studies, English, Media, Communication and Culture, History and Religious Studies.
You will take a mock examination at the end of your first year of study. These examinations will be based on the content you have learned in year one. You will take 3 examinations at the end of year two based on the full two years of work. These are the only examinations that count towards the final A Level grade.
People who study sociology go on into a wide variety of jobs. Sociology graduates nationally gain employment in management & administration, associate professional & technical areas; personal services; sales; and professional occupations, such as teaching, health, the police, prison and social work.
You will gain a range of very valuable skills. You will learn how to work independently. You will learn how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument. You will learn to work in collaboration with others, but also how to work effectively without close supervision. Sociology involves learning about research methods so you will learn to conduct research both with others and on your own.
You are expected to spend 4-5 hours each week on independent study. You will be given advice on what to do during your independent study time but it will involve tasks such as reading, preparing for your lessons and reviewing what you have learnt. You will also be expected to access our VLE on a regular basis to support your learning.
We supply you with most of the resources needed to study this course, including work books, extracts from research and text books. You will have access to a wide variety of resources on Moodle including links to exam boards specifications, useful website links, video and text resources. You are expected to provide your own writing materials including paper and pen and a file. There are extensive resources available from the library that you can borrow but there is a list of recommended text books and reading on Moodle if you wish to purchase some of your own.
You will be taught by very experienced and qualified teachers. It is expected that you will have a maximum of two teachers over the two years.
You will learn how to find information, extract what is important from it and turn it into an argument. You will learn to work in collaboration with others, but also how to work effectively without close supervision. You will use a wide variety of resources, and experience a broad range of activities and tasks in the classroom. We use workbooks to help you organise your learning and you are expected to write answers to exam-style questions to develop the knowledge and skills you need to be successful in the exams. You will watch extracts from films and documentaries to strengthen your understanding and will be able to conduct some sociological research tasks. Creative students are encouraged to make displays, mind maps and story boards to consolidate their knowledge. Please be prepared to work in teams on occasion. Discussion and debate are encouraged.
If you are interested in our society and want to find out why things such as inequality exist this is a course which will interest you. It could also be a good course for you if you can see things from more than one point of view and can present arguments well. It is particularly useful for students who are studying subjects such as Law, Psychology, Business Studies, English, Media, Communication and Culture, History and Religious Studies.