Course Outline

The Sociology AS/A Level course involves a detailed study of society, social processes and social institutions. This subject looks at what is happening in the world around us and how this affects us as individuals. You will need to be inquisitive about issues in society and current affairs.

SociologyProspectusIn Year 12 you will study Education, Family & Households along with Research methods. Education includes looking at why attainment differs between class, gender and ethnicity as well as approaching it from differing theoretical perspectives. Family and Household studies how family has changed over time, why family sizes have reduced in size, changes to birth rate, death rate, divorce and marriage rates. Again the theoretical positions will also be considered. Research methods will investigate how research is carried out by Sociologists, the methods and samples used and why sociologists might choose certain methods to carry out their research.

In Year 13 you will be adding to the above units with the study of Crime and Deviance, Global Development and Sociological Theory. This will again look at differing perspectives, gender, ethnicity and class. Your year 1 skills will be enhanced and built upon in order for you to achieve the full A Level.

Entrance requirements and skills needed

You will need to be inquisitive and have a real interest in what is happening in the world around us and how this motivates behaviour. A commitment to reading around the subject and keeping up to date with social issues is essential. Students would be expected to read a newspaper and/or watch the news at least once a day. An ability to write fluent and coherent essays is essential due to the requirements of the assessments.

Assessments - AQA Qualification

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The AS and A Level exams are 100% exam based.

The AS Level exam consists of the first two papers and each paper is worth 50% of your mark.

The A Level exam consists of all three papers at the end of the two year course with similar content to the AS exam but longer essay questions. Each of the three papers is worth a third of your final grade.


Why Study Sociology?

Studying Sociology can;

  • Help you understand yourself and your role in society and to question what we accept as normal. 
  • Develop sound analytical, research and essay writing skills. 
  • Prepare you for professional life. Sociologists work in a wide variety of professions, including; health service, education, advertising and marketing, police, political and legal organisations and social work. The understanding you will have gained about society is invaluable to many career paths. 
  • Provide excellent preparation for the skills required for success in Higher Education.

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