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Sociology

Course requirements 

English Language C equivalent.

Course description 

If you have an enquiring mind, an ability to communicate effectively and an interest in contemporary social issues, A Level Sociology is the subject to study.

Following the AQA 7191/7192 specification, you will study society and social interaction, exploring the themes of socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation and power and stratification. We will discuss how society creates the citizens it wants, who decides how we should live our lives and how did they get that power. We will also consider why we are not all treated in the same way. We will look at how families, the education system, the mass media and the criminal justice system operate and try to control us.

By the end of the course, you should have a better idea of how we create our society.  

We will examine and debate differing sociological theories and concepts and apply them to current situations. You will also learn how a Sociologist researches a social issue and practice research yourself.

AS Components

Unit 1: Education with Methods in Context

Unit 2: Families and Households

A2 Components

Unit 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Unit 2: Families and Households, The Media

Unit 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Assessment 
  • AS Level Unit 1: 1½ hour written exam – short answer and extended writing.
  • AS Level Unit 2: 1½ hour written exam – short answer and extended writing.
  •  A Level Unit 1: 2 hour written exam – short answer and extended writing. 
  • A Level Unit 2: 2 hour written exam – extended writing. 
  • A Level Unit 3: 2 hour written exam – short answer and extended writing.
Progression 

Sociology combines well with all subjects, especially English, History, Geography, Psychology, Economics, the Sciences and Mathematics. It provides an excellent background for many degree courses and careers including Social Work, Teaching, Journalism and Broadcasting, Local Government and Civil Service, Youth and Community work, the Law, the Police and Probation Service.