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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 years
Code
Awarding Body AQA
Level A-level
Start Date 05/09/2022

Course overview

This specialist A Level pathway has been designed to give you the skills you need to build a career in Social Science.

This pathway is made up of:

  • A Level Psychology
  • A Level Sociology
  • A Level English

As well as a programme that includes enrichment activities, practical and work experience opportunities.

Our A Level labs and classrooms are fantastic facilities to learn and develop your talent.

Bradford College provides more contact time per subject than other A Level providers, ensuring you have the best opportunity to learn the topics, develop your critical thinking and have access to support from tutors and technicians.

Career Focused

Bradford College has many partnerships with employers including the NHS and Specsavers and we often have external speakers and events for students to attend.

We hold regular career events to help students choose their next steps, as well as additional support from our Student Services and Student Union. Advice and guidance on next steps is available for students and parents.

The College also offers degrees in a range of subjects related to this pathway, with guaranteed places available for students that achieve A Level success at Bradford College* subject to achieving entry requirement grades.

What you'll study

You will study a wide range of Psychological topics that will allow you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Psychological world. You will develop critical analysis, application of research and data analysis.

Compulsory Topics

  • Social Influence – How do others influence the way we behave?
  • Memory – How does Psychology affect the way we remember/forget?
  • Attachment- Does childhood and attachment change who we are?
  • Psychopathology – What are Psychological Disorders? (Depression, OCD, Anxiety)
  • Approaches in Psychology- What is Psychology?
  • Biopsychology- Is there a genetic influence for who we are?
  • Research Methods- How is influential research conducted within Psychology?
  • Issues and Debates- Is Psychology a Science? Are we born Criminal? Are we Gender Neutral?

Option topics

  • Relationships- How do relationships in 2021 affect our behaviours?
  • Stress- What is stress? How can we control the Psychological phenomena?
  • Forensic Psychology- Who is the criminal? How can we determine criminality?

You will study a wide range of Sociological topics that will allow you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Sociological world. In order to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding in A-Level Sociology, you need to have acquired competence in a range of practical skills, as well as developing communication skills and presentation of information, and mathematical procedures relevant to research analysis in the subject.

Compulsory content

4.1 Education with Theory and Methods

  • 4.1.1 Education
  • 4.1.2 Methods in Context
  • 4.1.3 Theory and Methods

4.3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • 4.3.1 Crime and Deviance
  • 4.3.2 Theory and Methods

Optional Topics 

  • 2 Topics in Sociology
  • 2.1 Culture and Identity
  • 2.2 Families and Households
  • 2.3 Health
  • 2.4 Work, Poverty and Welfare
  • 2.5 Beliefs in Society
  • 2.6 Global Development
  • 2.7 The Media
  • 2.8 Stratification and Differentiation

The qualification draws on the academic field of Stylistics in order to create an integrated English Language and Literature course which brings together literary and non-literary discourses. This specification centres around language choices and how they create representations, both in literary and non-literary texts: words create worlds, both in literature and elsewhere. Students will be studying a range of literary (i.e. prose fiction, drama and poetry) and non-literary (i.e. non-fiction, advertising and transcript) texts from different periods: some texts from the 19th century and modern literary and non-literary texts.

Telling Stories 4.1

  • Remembered Places – Close reading of a text from the AQA Anthology: Paris; analysing representation of place in non-literary texts
  • Imagined Worlds – Close reading of an unseen extract from class set text (The Handmaid’s Tale); analysing point of view and genre in literary texts
  • Poetic Voices – Close reading of a text from a chosen poet (Carol Ann Duffy) from the AQA Anthology: Poetic Voices, analysing forms and functions of poetic voice

 

Exploring Conflict 4.2

  • Writing about Society – Re-Creative writing to a class set text

(The Great Gatsby), along with the production of a critical commentary,

which requires students to evaluate their own writing.

  • Dramatic Encounters – Close reading from an unseen extract of a drama set text (A Street Car Named Desire), analysing conflict in drama.
  • Dedicated and knowledgeable lecturers and personal tutor
  • 2 hours of dedicated study skills in addition to lessons and tutorial time
  • 1-2-1 university application coaching and careers guidance
  • Masterclasses from guest lecturers
  • Work placements to give industry insight and a career edge
  • A diverse and vibrant learning environment
  • Subject specific knowledge clinics
  • A unique education programme tailored to you and your ambitions
  • Progress reviews with us to ensure you are on track and support
  • Small group sizes that will allow you to get individual attention
  • You will study a wide range of Psychological topics that will allow you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Psychological world. You will develop critical analysis, application of research and data analysis.

    Compulsory Topics

    • Social Influence – How do others influence the way we behave?
    • Memory – How does Psychology affect the way we remember/forget?
    • Attachment- Does childhood and attachment change who we are?
    • Psychopathology – What are Psychological Disorders? (Depression, OCD, Anxiety)
    • Approaches in Psychology- What is Psychology?
    • Biopsychology- Is there a genetic influence for who we are?
    • Research Methods- How is influential research conducted within Psychology?
    • Issues and Debates- Is Psychology a Science? Are we born Criminal? Are we Gender Neutral?

    Option topics

    • Relationships- How do relationships in 2021 affect our behaviours?
    • Stress- What is stress? How can we control the Psychological phenomena?
    • Forensic Psychology- Who is the criminal? How can we determine criminality?
  • You will study a wide range of Sociological topics that will allow you to broaden and deepen your knowledge and understanding of the Sociological world. In order to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding in A-Level Sociology, you need to have acquired competence in a range of practical skills, as well as developing communication skills and presentation of information, and mathematical procedures relevant to research analysis in the subject.

    Compulsory content

    4.1 Education with Theory and Methods

    • 4.1.1 Education
    • 4.1.2 Methods in Context
    • 4.1.3 Theory and Methods

    4.3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

    • 4.3.1 Crime and Deviance
    • 4.3.2 Theory and Methods

    Optional Topics 

    • 2 Topics in Sociology
    • 2.1 Culture and Identity
    • 2.2 Families and Households
    • 2.3 Health
    • 2.4 Work, Poverty and Welfare
    • 2.5 Beliefs in Society
    • 2.6 Global Development
    • 2.7 The Media
    • 2.8 Stratification and Differentiation
  • The qualification draws on the academic field of Stylistics in order to create an integrated English Language and Literature course which brings together literary and non-literary discourses. This specification centres around language choices and how they create representations, both in literary and non-literary texts: words create worlds, both in literature and elsewhere. Students will be studying a range of literary (i.e. prose fiction, drama and poetry) and non-literary (i.e. non-fiction, advertising and transcript) texts from different periods: some texts from the 19th century and modern literary and non-literary texts.

    Telling Stories 4.1

    • Remembered Places – Close reading of a text from the AQA Anthology: Paris; analysing representation of place in non-literary texts
    • Imagined Worlds – Close reading of an unseen extract from class set text (The Handmaid’s Tale); analysing point of view and genre in literary texts
    • Poetic Voices – Close reading of a text from a chosen poet (Carol Ann Duffy) from the AQA Anthology: Poetic Voices, analysing forms and functions of poetic voice

     

    Exploring Conflict 4.2

    • Writing about Society – Re-Creative writing to a class set text

    (The Great Gatsby), along with the production of a critical commentary,

    which requires students to evaluate their own writing.

    • Dramatic Encounters – Close reading from an unseen extract of a drama set text (A Street Car Named Desire), analysing conflict in drama.
    • Dedicated and knowledgeable lecturers and personal tutor
    • 2 hours of dedicated study skills in addition to lessons and tutorial time
    • 1-2-1 university application coaching and careers guidance
    • Masterclasses from guest lecturers
    • Work placements to give industry insight and a career edge
    • A diverse and vibrant learning environment
    • Subject specific knowledge clinics
    • A unique education programme tailored to you and your ambitions
    • Progress reviews with us to ensure you are on track and support
    • Small group sizes that will allow you to get individual attention

Assessment

A Level Psychology

You will be formally assessed throughout the A Level course using a variety of methods including end of module exams, topic tests, termly exams and end or year exams.

At the end of year 2, you will complete 3 written exam papers as shown in the table below, which cover the content of the modules. The questions are broken down into the following key aspects of assessment.

  • Paper 1 Social Influence, Memory, Attachment, Psychopathy
  • Paper 2 Approaches to Psychology, Biopsychology, Research Methods
  • Paper 3 Issues and Debates and a choice of: Option 1 (Relationships), Option 2 (Stress), Option 3 (Forensic Psychology)

 

A Level Sociology

You will be formally assessed throughout the A Level course using a variety of methods including end of module exams, topic tests, termly exams and end or year exams.

At the end of year 2 you will complete 3 written exam papers as shown in the table below, which cover the content of the modules. The questions are broken down into the following key aspects of assessment.

  • Paper 1 Education with Theory and Methods
  • Paper 2 Topics in Sociology
  • Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

 

A Level English

You will be formally assessed throughout the A Level course using a variety of methods including end of module exams, mock exams and end or year exams.

At the end of year 2 students will sit 2 written exam papers and will have completed a Non-Examined Assessment.

  • Paper 1 Telling Stories
  • Paper 2 Exploring Conflict

Entry requirements

GCSE English
Grade 6
GCSE Mathematics
Grade 5

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above which must include English Language at grade 6. Applicants must have a minimum Average Point Score of 5.6.

Next steps

Progression from A Level includes Further Education, Higher Education and employment. Career progression options from this pathway include Teaching, Counselling, HR and many other roles in Social Sciences.  

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

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