What will I be doing?
The course is for those wishing to learn more about society. It focuses on culture, identity, inequality, globalisation and crime and deviance. Sociology is a demanding course enabling students to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes. Students have the opportunity to develop a broad set of transferable key skills, including the ability to analyse and formulate clear, logical arguments with scope for extensive evaluation from a range of theoretical perspectives.
What’s in the exam?
You will sit three external examinations all taken at the end of 2 years.
The first exam (1 hour 30 minutes) is assessing your knowledge of socialisation, culture and identity and is worth 30% of the final grade. It is based on themes developed through the context of one of three options: families and relationships, youth subcultures or media.
The second exam (2 hours 15 minutes) is assessing your knowledge of researching and understanding social inequalities and is worth 35% of the final grade. It is based on methods used to conduct research and inequalities in areas such as gender, ethnicity, social class and age.
The third exam (2 hours 15 minutes) is assessing your knowledge of debates in contemporary society and is worth 35% of the final grade. It is based on globalisation and the digital social world through a detailed study of one of three options: crime and deviance, education or religion, belief and faith.
What coursework do I have to do?
There is no coursework.
There will be regular class assessments throughout the course.
What grades do I need to have to get on the course?
You must achieve 5 grade 5 GCSEs including English and Maths in order to study A-level Sociology.
What could this lead to?
Sociology A-level can lead to studying a social science at degree level e.g. Sociology, Psychology, Criminology etc. Sociology is a wide subject that can lead to a variety of different jobs as it covers such a broad range of topics.