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Sociology

Exam Board - AQA

Course Content

A grade 6 in English Language or another complementary subject at GCSE is required for Sociology.  Students will also need to have an interest in historical and contemporary social issues.
‘No one is born hating another person because of the colour of (their) skin or (their) religion…’ – Nelson Mandela.  The power of sociology is to demonstrate just how strong the social forces that organise society in very different ways are.  Throughout the course, you will see how societies shape the different opportunities that people have within them.  For example, where you were born and when has radically shaped much of what you know and what you can do.  After encountering sociology, you may never see the world again with the same eyes.
Aims of the course:  The A-level course should enable you to:
  • acquire knowledge and understanding of contemporary social processes and structures;
  • appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate;
  • understand sociological methodology and a range of research methods
Year 12
The Year 12 course has two modules:
1:  Families and Households
Changes in family and household structure.  Changing patterns of marriage, child bearing, family diversity and conjugal roles;
2:  Education and Methods in Context
Role of the education system.  Differential educational achievement by social class, gender and ethnicity, sociological methods.
Year 13
In Year 13 students develop their understanding with a further study of the following two units:
Unit 3:  Beliefs in Society
Unit 4:  Crime and Deviance; Theory and Methods
Methods of Assessment
Paper 1: Education & methods in Context
A mixture of 10 and 20 mark
Questions. No choice
2 hour duration
80 marks available
33.3% of the assessment
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology
A mixture of 10 and 20 mark
Questions. No choice
One section on Families and households and one on Beliefs in Society. Each section is worth 40 marks.
2 hour duration
80 marks available
33.3% of the assessment
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance and Theory & Methods
A mixture of 10,20 and 30 mark
Questions. No choice
2 hour duration
80 marks available
33.3% of the assessment
Entry Requirements
GCSE 6 in English Language, English Literature, History, RE or Geography