Faculty of Sociology
Our faculty offers excellent provision from three specialist Sociology teachers. We endeavour to support our students in achieving their full potential. In 2016, the A level pass rate in Sociology was again 100%.
WHY TAKE Sociology?
Sociology is the study of society – how society affects people, and how people affect society. Some sociologists see the behaviour of individuals as determined by a variety of influences, including class, gender, ethnicity and the media. Others see individuals as very influential and powerful, with the ability to construct and change society.
Humans are social animals, and spend much of their time in social groupings. To understand human behaviour, we therefore need to examine these social groups, using a variety of theoretical perspectives and developing skills of sociological research, as well as focus on key contemporary issues.
If you have an interest in understanding how society works, and you enjoy critical thinking and exploring ideas from different viewpoints, then Sociology is a fascinating and rewarding A Level subject.
Our VI Form meets the needs of all students and provides qualifications that are demanded by both industry and higher education. CSIA VI Form offers a transition from all Key Stage 4 Subjects.
A Level Sociology follows the OCR syllabus, and includes the following components:
Component 1: Culture, Socialisation and Identity; Youth Subcultures
Component 2: Research Methods; Social Inequality
Component 3: Globalisation and the Digital World; Education
A Level Computer Science – This modern qualification gives an insight into a range of computing systems, including an understanding of the principles of programming and the solving of problems. The course will prepare students for university courses in computing /computer science, or for work in the ICT industry.
“Teaching young people to code early on can help build skills and confidence and energize the classroom with learning-by-doing opportunities. I learned how to fly a hot air balloon when I was 30,000 feet up and my life was in the balance: you can learn skills at any age but why wait when we can teach everyone to code now!” Richard Branson
Level 3 Introductory Diploma in IT – Students who complete this course will have gained a plethora of different skill sets. All of which can prepare them for creative courses within the subject of IT at degree level. The OCR Introductory diploma caters for the interests of every student to ensure there is something that can capture their creativity and imagination. The course is regarded as a vocational subject as you are awarded a Pass, Merit, Distinction or Distinction*. These are still worth the same amount of UCAS points as an A level. Universities look fondly on candidates who gain a “well-rounded” education at VI Form by achieving their potential in both vocational and academic subjects collectively.
The qualification is divided into six units of work across the two year course; all of which are assessed through coursework. This means that students who would benefit from having extra time to focus on revising for other subjects during the exam period can do this should they opt for this course alongside them. Students who thrive in an environment where they can be provided with more than one opportunity to succeed in their assessments will find this course a good choice.
Level 3 Business Studies – Students who complete this course will have gained a plethora of different skill sets. All of which can prepare them for courses within the subject of Business at degree level. The AQA Level 3 Extended Certificate in Applied Business caters for the interests of every student to ensure they have knowledge for the world of business.
The qualification is divided into six units of work across the two year course; some of which are externally examined and coursework which is both internally and externally assessed. This means that students benefit from a range of different assessment opportunities. Students who thrive in an environment where they can be provided with more than one opportunity to succeed in their assessments will find this course a good choice. The final grade achieved will be either a Pass, Merit or Distinction.
Economics – Students completing an Edexcel A-Level in Economics will find themselves having a greater appreciation and understanding of the contribution of economics to the world around them. They will use an enquiring, critical and thoughtful approach to the study of economics and ultimately develop the ability to think as an economist.
Students can expect to develop skills, qualities and attitudes that will equip them for the challenges of an economic degree, as well as the opportunities and responsibilities of working life.
Students who study Sociology at A level have a wide range of university and career paths open to them. At university, some of our students have recently progressed to study Sociology, Psychology, Law and Religious Studies. Career path opportunities are varied, and can include teaching, social work, journalism, anthropology and law.