A Level Sociology is for students who have a keen interest in the way social structures such as social class, gender and ethnicity impact upon our behaviour, life chances and identity.
The course runs over two years and involves studying four subject modules: ‘Families and Households’, ‘Education with Research Methods’, ‘Beliefs in Society’ and ‘Crime and Deviance’. In addition, students will be using key sociological theories and research based evidence to analyse these topics.
Lessons are delivered using a variety of teaching methods including discussion, debate and a group research task. Students will be required to carry out further reading and written homework tasks on a regular basis to broaden their subject knowledge. This subject will appeal to students who enjoy writing essays and analysing different points of view. Final assessment is based on three (2-hour) examinations (AQA Exam Board).
Sociology is particularly useful for those who wish to pursue a career working with people, for example, teaching, police, human resources and nursing. Opportunities in social policy and social research would also be possible career pathways. After completing this course, many students have successfully gone on to study Sociology or related Social Science subjects at undergraduate level.
Please see the specific entry requirements for A Levels at South Devon College: 6 GCSEs at grade 4 (grade C) or above including English and maths. Of these, at least two passes must be at grade 6 or above. Individual subjects may specify which GCSEs are required at grade 6.
Studying A Level Law at South Devon College helped me decide what I wanted to do as a career, and therefore what I wanted to study at university. We benefited hugely from termly trips, and we even shadowed a judge, which gave me a huge insight into what my future career could entail. My teacher, Kay Harding, is excellent, and went above and beyond in helping me revise, improve exam technique and keep me up to date on current legal affairs. She was also great at giving me advice even outside of College time.Callum Priestley
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