LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE SOCIOLOGY?
Sociology aims to deepen a student’s awareness of the world in which he/she lives and their place within it. It gives an understanding of the social institutions such as families, education and the mass media as well as social processes such as socialisation and discrimination that influence behaviour and operate within society. Sociology can be thought provoking as it gives students the opportunity to challenge their personal views and assumptions. This subject focuses the issues faced by contemporary Britain such as crime, the role of the mass media and inequality. Students will become analytical and critical of the world around them and the theories that aim to explain society. Sociology helps students to develop skills desired by employers and higher educational institutions including research skills, communication skills, writing skills and the ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret data and information. Sociology is academic discipline that works well in combination with Psychology as well as other subjects within the humanities facility.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Sociology aims to deepen a student’s awareness of the world in which he/she lives. It gives an understanding of the social structures and social processes that operate within society and that govern behaviour. Helping you to develop knowledge and understanding for balanced arguments and research techniques.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

A LEVEL Unit 1:
Education with Methods in Context – Covering aspects of the purpose of education, reasons for different achievements by social class, gender and ethnicity.
Theory and Methods in Context – The differences between consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories and the methods used by sociologists in their research.
A LEVEL Unit 2:
Families and Households – Explores many social issues such as social policies, their impact on family structure, reasons for divorce, remarriage and separation, explanations of domestic abuse and power struggles in families, childhood in different cultures and reasons for changes in population in UK.
 
A LEVEL Unit 3:
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – Different theories of crime, deviance & social control. Who commits the most crime? Do the media encourage crime? Does the criminal justice system punish appropriately? Are crime statistics true?  Also, can sociology be value-free and should sociology be viewed as a science?
 
A LEVEL Unit 4:
The Media – Here we look at issues such as who owns and controls the media. Has globalisation changed entertainment and media? How is news selected and presented? Is the news objective?


 
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
There are three two-hour examination papers
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology – Families & Households and Media
Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory and Methods

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Sociology will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills which will open many doors of opportunity to you such as degrees in Sociology, Psychology, Social Policy, Criminology, Law, Nursing, Media, Philosophy, Counselling, Social anthropology, Primary education and Politics. Career choices include Education, Journalism, Advertising, Law, Teaching, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Probation and Youth work, Government advisory departments, Housing, Investigating justice and victim support

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE PSYCHOLOGY?
Psychology allows you to examine and uncover why individuals behave in the ways that they do. A variety of human behaviours are looked at in depth include memory and phobias. As a subject it is recognised as relating to Biological science at one extreme and Sociology at the other. A key component of Psychology is to critically think about how human behaviour works. As well as evaluate explanations that have been formed and studies that have been designed to test these behaviours. Throughout your studies you will develop an ability to analyse data and scientific enquiries. Psychology is an academic discipline that works in combination with Sociology as well as subjects from the sciences and humanities.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To understand explanations for the development of behaviours
To understand how to design, conduct and analyse research on human participants
To examine the effectiveness of different approach and theories

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
You will study topics from a range of approaches to explain the behaviour of individuals.   It will also involve examining theories and research in relation to social influence, memory and attachment.  As part of the course students will understand how research is organised and implemented, as well as the ability to draw conclusions from data. At A Level you will develop a broader and deeper knowledge and will be required to understand approaches in more depth, including the biopsychological aspects.  In addition to those aspects already studied at AS you will also assess psychological understandings in relation to Relationships, Gender or Cognition; Schizophrenia, Eating Behaviour or Stress; Aggression, Forensic Psychology or Addiction.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
For AS Level: 2 exams, 50% each, 90 minutes each
For A Level: 3 exams, 33.3% each, 120 minutes each

SUGGESTED READING:
Textbooks:
Psychology A Level Year 1 and AS, ISBN 978-0-19-833864-2
Psychology A Level Year 2, ISBN 978-0-19-833868-0

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
As students need good mathematical, written and scientific skills, Psychology can take you wherever you want to go. Students who have previously studied Psychology have gone to study many subjects at University including: Psychology, Psychology and Counselling, Law, Sociology, Criminology, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Forensic Science, Marketing, Nursing and Primary Education. As such this could lead to careers in the social and caring professions, teaching, clinical psychology, as well as other graduate programmes such as accountancy.
“Psychology is not only my most interesting subject but also the most useful, it teaches you critical thinking and analytical skills, which you will be surprised how useful are in everyday life.”

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE PHILOSOPHY?
Philosophy literally means ‘a love of wisdom’. The study of philosophy is the study of the fundamental nature of knowledge, reality and existence. The Philosophy A Level will introduce you to some of the world’s greatest thinkers, starting with Plato and ending with Bertrand Russell, taking in Descartes and Hume along the way.
Bertrand Russell, arguably one of this century’s finest philosophers said “The man who has no tincture of philosophy goes through life imprisoned in the prejudices derived from common sense.” It is a common theme that runs through philosophy to question what appear to be obvious, common sense answers. In doing so other sciences were born, when philosophers started to question the way people gained knowledge, it became psychology and when they started to question the significance and beauty of the stars, it became astronomy.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
To understand the basics of philosophical thought and to explore the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics as branches of philosophical study.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
YEAR 1 – Epistemology
This is the study of knowledge. What can we know and how do we know things. How much can we rely on our senses to give us a true reflection of reality?
Year 1 – Moral Philosophy
What is good? How should we make moral choices? We explore issues such as lying, simulating killing, animal rights and stealing.
Year 2 – Metaphysics of God
What do we mean when we use the word God? Can you prove that God exists? This is a classic area of philosophy where we will explore philosophical thought that spans 2500 years.
Year 2 – Metaphysics of Mind
Is our mind separate from our body? Can we know everything there is to know about a colour without ever seeing it?

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Students will be assessed by two end 3 hour exams at the end of Year 13.

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Philosophy requires you to have an open and questioning mind and it will help you to develop it further. It encourages critical analysis of text and arguments. It provides you with a working understanding of the fundamental nature of argument. It can help to prepare you for the further study of Philosophy or the extremely popular degree course PPE. Philosophy compliments both Arts and Science subjects at degree level both in content and in transferable skills.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: Edexcel

WHY CHOOSE HISTORY?
A Level History at Stratton is a popular subject which is highly recommended by Russell Group Universities. The course offers a range of topics from 20th Century Germany to Tudor England. The course is taught by passionate teachers who believe in active learning both in school and outside the classroom.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will study key historical themes and chronology as well as the causes & results of key events. You will debate historical viewpoints to produce your own judgements based on in depth research.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
AS Unit 1G: Germany and West Germany 1918-89. You will study the Weimar Republic, the rise of Hitler, World War 2 and Germany divided into East and West. You will assess the historical significance of events and look at their impact on the people of Germany.
AS Unit 2G: Spain 1930-78: Republicanism, Francoism and the re-establishment of democracy. You will study Spain move from a democracy into civil war and then into Franco’s dictatorship.
A Level Unit 3: England 1509-1603 Authority, Nation and Religion. You will undertake an in-depth study of Henry VIII to develop an in-depth understanding of attitudes, beliefs and structures of society.
A Level Unit 4: Historical Enquiry. You will conduct an enquiry into different interpretations of the holocaust in Germany. This will involve in-depth research and understanding of differing historians viewpoints. This unit is assessed by coursework.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

A Level
3 Exams: 80% Coursework: 20%

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
An A Level in History gives you knowledge and skills which will prepare you for higher education, and which are also useful in any career. Students who specialise in history can go on to become historical researchers, work in heritage organisations or become teachers. But history also supports other career paths, like journalism, politics, law, social work and public services.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE GEOGRAPHY?
Geography is one of the few subjects that lets you develop the skills that are vital for a successful career in the modern world.
Geography helps you to be more aware of the everyday life and problems of the people who live around you, in other parts of Britain and across the world.
Statistics show that compared to other subjects Geography graduates are among the most employable. This is because they possess the skills that employers look for. In part this is because the subject is a combination of the facts of science and the understanding of the arts.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
Geography helps you to develop a wide range of skills. Many of these will help your studies in other subjects.
Geographers can……. Make a concise report; Handle data; Ask questions and find the answers; Make decisions about an issue; Analyse material; Manage themselves; Solve problems; Think independently.
Geographers are ……. Good communicators; Spatially aware; Socially and environmentally aware; Problem solvers; Good team players; Well rounded, flexible thinkers.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
You will study the AQA Geography full course which consists of two exams at the end of Year 13. The course follows six units of work- three human and three physical. These will be assessed through examinations. As part of the A Level course you will attend a residential fieldtrip to collect data for your NEA (Non- Examination Assessment) at the end of Year 12/ start of year 13- where a great time is had by all!!!

You can expect a variety of lessons with a range of activities including group work, presentations as well as more formal taught lessons using a wide range of resources and not just textbooks. There is a larger emphasis based on research based tasks and independent work. You will also be expected to read journals and articles in your own time to support your learning. Lessons are personalised for all students with lots of exam practice and AfL tasks.

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Year 13
Component 1- Physical geography – 2 hr 30 min exam, 96 marks – 40% of final A Level grade (June Year 13)

Component 2- Human geography – 2 hr 30 min exam, 96 marks – 40% of final A Level grade (June Year 13)

Component 3- Geographical Investigation– 3000-4000 word individual investigation based on fieldwork, 35 marks- 20% of final A level, marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

 

TRIPS/ VISITS:

Location: TBC can consist of a residential/ 4 single days- whichever we feel suits the cohort best
Length: 4 days in total across year 12/13
Cost: Approx £185

SUGGESTED READING:
Revision Guide (approximately £16)

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Michael Palin stated that ‘many employers prize the knowledge and skills that studying geography can provide and geography in higher education is thriving. Geography students are among those gaining greatest satisfaction from their studies. It’s no wonder there is a growing demand to study the subject at university.’

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