AS Sociology Centres: City Academy Saltley: Fordrough Campus: Length: 1 Year. Attendance: 6 hours per week. Start date: September. Times: Daytime. Qualification: AQA AS Sociology. Entry Requirements: You should already have GCSEs in English plus 4 other GCSEs in academic subjects, all at Grade C or above. You will have to sit a diagnostic assessment to see whether this level of study is suitable.
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You should already have GCSEs in English plus 4 other GCSEs in academic subjects, all at Grade C or above. You will have to sit a diagnostic assessment to see whether this level of study is suitable for you. Mature students may not need the same academic qualifications but will still have to sit the diagnostic assessment.
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City Academy Saltley : Fordrough Campus :
6 hours per week
AQA AS Sociology
The course involves studying Units that are split into the following areas. Unit 1 - Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare. Unit 2 - Education; Health; Sociological Methods. The examination board do not have a formal coursework option in the new syllabus. However, students are expected to engage in exercises that enable them to discover in a practical way the different methods of gathering information about our society. At the Women's Academy, it is likely that Family and Households (Unit 1) and the Society of Education (Unit 2) will be the chosen topics. The Sociological Methods section is taught as an `integrated topic" alongside the Sociology of Education. This will involve tackling the different problems of gathering information about what is actually happening to individuals in society. Family and Households addresses the following questions. What is the `ideal family structure?; How does the family group influence what we become as social beings?; Are the roles within the family still divided along traditionally gendered patterns?; To what extent does the family change as a result as a result of changes in wider society? The Sociology of Education attempts to tackle questions about the functions of education, the problem of underachievement in education and the education policies of government that deal with contemporary issues in schools, colleges and university.
Assessment for the course is by written examinations in the summer term. For Unit 1, the examination paper is 1 hour. For Unit 2, the paper is 2 hours. You will be given regular assignments, timed work and a mock examination. You will need to achieve grade D or above in both the informal assessments and the AS level summer examination to progress into the second year (A2). Your pattern of attendance and degree of punctuality will also be taken into consideration when deciding on the idea of moving on to the A2.
Successful students progress from AS to A2. Following this they may then move to higher education. You can also leave the course after the AS Level examinations and go on to another level 3 course or employment.
What's the next step?
If you are sure this is the right course for you, you can either:
- Complete an application form and return it to the Admissions Offices at either Handsworth Campus or Fordrough Campus
- Come along to one of our main enrolment sessions