“It’s interesting finding out about different social groups and different cultures – you learn about roles in society which you wouldn’t even know were there and find out about people’s point of view on society. It’s a good class and the type of people who are interested in society tend to be the ones interested in debates, the way society is run and are open minded to other people’s opinions. I really enjoyed the unit on families and households because it brought up interesting facts and stats I had no idea about.” Laura Wilmot.
AS Level (Level 3)
A Level (Level 3)
Duration of programme
1 year for AS Level
2 years for A Level
AS and A Level are separate qualifications but are taught alongside each other for the first year. This gives AS students the opportunity to switch to the full A Level if they are ready.
You should have 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grade C (grade 4) or above; these should include English Language and Maths. There will also be an internal assessment to ensure that you are working at the appropriate level.
However, your individual circumstances can be discussed at your Pre-Entry Assessment.
The AS and A Level Year 1 cover the same subject matter – Education with Theory and Research Methods and Families and Households.
In Year 2 (A Level only), you study Crime and Deviance with Theory and Research Methods, and Beliefs in Society.
Students are taught in small groups; there is a mixture of discussion, group activities and written work, plus some active research. Students undertake lesson preparation tasks as well as formal essay ‘homework’ and exam practice.
All course materials are available for easy access on our virtual learning environment, Moodle. It is not expected that you will have had previous experience of using Moodle.
Sociology is an exam-only subject; there is no coursework element.
All students will be entered for the AS Level which consists of 2 exams at the end of year 1.
A Level students will sit 3 exams at the end of the second year of study, these will cover all aspects of the 2 year programme.
Most A Level students go on to Higher Education, often studying Sociology or other social sciences/humanities.
Student timetables at RNC
We recognise that all of our learners are individuals, which is why no two students will have the same timetable. As well as each student’s core area(s) of study, they will have a mixture of ICT Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living Skills and/or Braille on their timetables, dependent on their individual needs, goals and objectives
Here’s what the teachers have to say…
“Studying Sociology gives you the chance to broaden your knowledge of the world and to find out new ways of understanding or explaining things you may have taken for granted. Sociology addresses some important debates and gives you the space to find out and articulate what you think, to listen to others and sometimes even change your mind!” Ali Straker – Sociology Teacher