We offer two pathways to choose from as part of our A-level Sociology course. This will enable you to follow the route that covers the issues most important to you.
The two pathways:
Pathway 1: Sociology & Crime
Pathway 2: Sociology & International Development
As you will see from the outlines below, the two pathways are exactly the same in Year 1, with some common units also in Year 2. However, Year 2 also offers the opportunity for students to focus more on their preferred option.
Students will do exactly the same assessment, the sole difference being, on one of the exam papers there are optional questions to choose from. Pathway 1 students will answer the Crime & Deviance essay question, whilst Pathway 2 students will do the International Development question.
The qualification is A-level Sociology, (it won't specify whether its Crime & Deviance or International Development).
What is crime? What is deviant behaviour? How & why do crime rates in the UK vary based on class, gender, ethnicity & age?
How can crime be measured & how accurate is crime data? Are some groups in society more likely to commit crime than others?
How does the media influence crime? How effective have strategies been to tackle crime?
How does sociological theory help us explain crime & deviance?
Sociology lessons incorporate a range of learning activities from class discussion through to independent research tasks, thus developing students' interpersonal and academic skills. At the end of Yr1, students will have the opportunity to create their own sociological research on a theme linked to their preferred pathway of either Crime & Deviance or International Development.
Students will sit three exams at the end of the second year.
Component 1: Socialisation & Culture - 2hr 30mins exam (worth 40%)
Component 2: Methods of Sociological Enquiry - 1hr 45mins exam (worth 20%)
Component 3: Power & Stratification - 2hrs 30mins (worth 40%)
We feel trips are an important way of bringing to life the ideas discussed in the classroom. In recent years we have run trips to the Old Bailey, where students were able to witness court cases including fraud, terrorism & manslaughter. We also offer a range of university visits, both to hear the latest sociological research but also a chance to explore the idea of studying Sociology at university.
Students will be provided with text books however, they are expected to purchase course booklets and question booklets from the college at a cost of approximately £5.00. These include key sociological studies, exam structure, articles, resources and key term glossaries.
There will be an additional cost for any field visits, however this is simply to cover transport & materials.
The Sociology team are there to support you throughout your studies. We offer weekly drop in/booster sessions where students can get 1:1 support for homework, assessments and revision. We also run a Sociology peer mentoring scheme which you can opt into for extra support.
You can also just make an appointment with us & we can talk through anything you're struggling with. We're here to help!