Skip to content ↓

Sociology

AQA A Level Sociology

What is the course about?

 

Sociology explores people and society. It examines our social institutions – our families, the state and social relationships like gender and ethnicity – to help make sense of how we both see and interpret our rapidly changing world.

 

Sociology will provide you with a diverse learning experience: it will teach you to look at the society around you in a brand new way. Sociology has developed an exciting range of theories that question how society is organised. You will understand more about how UK society has developed and the forces that shape our behaviour and values. You will learn to understand other people’s points of view, to communicate your own position clearly and to argue effectively.

 

The course will help you develop a range of skills that will benefit you, including:

·         using evidence to support your arguments

·         investigating facts and using deduction

·         critical thinking

·         making reasoned arguments

·         developing opinions and new ideas regarding societal issues

·         analysing and better understanding societal issues.

How will I be assessed?

 

AS Level

Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context – 1h 30m exam paper (50%) – in this unit you will learn about education, methods in context and research methods.

 

Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology – 1h 30m exam paper (50%) – in this unit you will learn about research methods and families and household.

 

A Level

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods – 2h exam paper (33.3%) – in this unit you will learn about education, methods in context and theory and methods.

 

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology – 2h exam paper (33.3%) – in this unit you will learn about families and household and beliefs in society.

 

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – 2h exam paper (33.3%) – in this unit you will learn about crime and deviance and theory and methods.

How will this course help me in the future?

 

The course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of sociology and related subjects in higher education. Material studied would be useful for candidates intending to pursue careers in the field of Social Sciences. Sociology students follow careers in a variety of professions, including: business management, law, journalism, marketing, social work, teaching, the civil service and the police.

Minimum Requirement Grades

 

GCSE English – Grade 5.