The Sociology faculty aims to develop a passion for sociology and an interest in society and the social laws that govern it. Curiosity in the society in which we live is essential!
Students will be engaged by the theories, issues and debates that sociology raises and the case studies and evidence used. Students will develop their confidence to debate and offer opinions as well as improve a range of other key skills
Studying sociology will not only teach students content and subject knowledge but equip them with various transferable skills desirable in a range of careers. Skills taught and enhanced include:
- The ability to absorb large quantities of information (such as different sociological concepts and studies).
- Analyse and evaluate information and ideas.
- Make, develop and sustain a persuasive and well supported argument.
- Make judgements leading to well supported and consistent conclusions.
- Plan, structure and write Level 3 essays, demonstrating a sound ability to include knowledge, analysis and evaluation.
TEACHING AND ASSESSMENT:
Sociology is taught by specialist teachers who deliver varied, stimulating and challenging lessons for their students.
There are regular assessment opportunities where student’s progress is monitored, assisting them to make sustained improvement.
Sociology is taught at ‘AS’ and ‘A’ level only. It is a very popular Sixth Form option.
Course entry requires a grade 5 in a literacy type subject such as English or History.
*A good understanding of current affairs is also beneficial.
This is essential and it is strongly encouraged. A core textbook is provided.
Students can purchase/borrow additional texts and use various websites such as:
Online Journals: Sociology Review (available online at MCA6)
- Sixth Form: Years 12 and 13 (2015 specification onwards)
At AS/A Level we study the AQA (7191/7192) Specification for Sociology.
- Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
- Paper 2: Research Methods; Family and Households
- Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
- Paper 2: Family and Households; Beliefs in Society
- Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
- AS Level (Paper 1 and 2 at the end of Year 12) Not applicable for all students
A level (Paper 1, 2 and 3 at the end of Year 13)
CAREER OPPORTUNITIES SUPPORTED BY SOCIOLOGY:
The Guardian reported that “sociology graduates are found in a wide range of occupations, many sociology graduates are attracted to careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face”.
The Guardian – Careers
Sociology students often choose careers in: social services, education, journalism, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector.
For more information, contact Ms McConnell: Nichola.McConnell@mca.attrust.org.uk