AS/A level Sociology at Hailsham Community College is a vibrant, engaging and rewarding subject with a long history of student success. The focus of the course is on understanding how and why the societies work in the way they do as well as how and why sociologists conduct research. Sociology looks at institutions like education, the media and police in order to look for answers to social issues.
Students will explore a number of topics that will develop their knowledge and many other important skills, such as being able to analyse and evaluate. The AS Level course will cover student experiences of the education system, its role in society and how it has developed (education topic). Students will also investigate how and why sociologists do research (research methods) as well as optional topics on who we are, what groups do we belong and how this shapes our social experience (culture and identity) or the importance of the family in contemporary (family topic). In addition to the thought provoking topics at AS Level students who continue to the A level will study stimulating options such as the media, crime and deviance and religion.
Many of these topic areas are closely linked to other AS/A Level subjects and so choosing a selection of them as a package may work extremely well. Recommended subject choice links are psychology, health and social care, law, English, physical education and history although it should be noted that AS/A Level Sociology will enhance the experience of students choosing a diverse range of subjects.
How will I learn?
Learning will take place through classroom teaching as well as the use of flipped teaching. The lessons are based on class and group discussion, peer teaching and independent learning.
Your AS/A Level Sociology will be assessed through a series of examinations at the end of the first year of study (AS Level) or after the two years (A level). These examinations will have a mixture of short answer, extended answer and essay questions. Assessment in the classroom will use questions that match the structure of the examinations.
5 A* - C Grades (inc English), or equivalent.