The Families and Households module will analyse how the family has changed and developed over time and space. You will examine the social construction of childhood, the influence of culture on family structures, changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation and divorce. You will also assess the diversity of contemporary family life. The Education with Methods in Context module analyses the different roles and functions of the education system in the UK. You will critically examine various theoretical approaches that attempt to explain how differences in social class, gender and ethnicity influence educational attainment. You will also analyse various qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods. This will include the use of controlled experiments, questionnaires, interviews, observation and ethnographic techniques. In the Beliefs in Society module you will explore the role and function that religion has for individuals and groups in society. You will examine the impact that religion has on organising social norms and values, and assess how changes in society influence religious beliefs. This module also analyses religious ideology and the various forms that religion takes, which includes mainstream religious practices and those of sects and cults. In the Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods module, you will assess the causes of crime and deviance in society and the different ways in which they are explained by sociologists. You will examine patterns of crime and their disparities in relation to age, social class, ethnicity, gender and the environment. The relationship between theory and sociological methods will also be explored, alongside some of the practical and ethical considerations influencing sociological research.
Key areas of study include:
• Families and households
• Research methods
• Beliefs in society
• Crime and deviance Assessment is by AQA examination only. There are two, 90 minute exams at AS level, consisting of two papers. Each exam is worth 50% of the AS level qualification. Successful completion of both exams will provide you with an overall AS grade. The AS exams and grade are separate from A Level and are not transferrable. The exams will take place in either May or June. At A Level, you will take three 2 hour exams. Each exam paper is worth a third of the A Level qualification. You have to complete all three exams to achieve your A Level qualification. The exams will take place in either May or June.
You will need 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above including two grade 6s. GCSE English and maths are mandatory.
Taken as part of a package of A Levels, this course can lead onto a degree course in Sociology or other subjects. You will be equipped to go to university and to engage in careers in the social science pathways, which include but are not limited to: Criminology, adult/child-care, early years, and family services, community cohesion and development, education, urban and economic consultancy, corporate social responsibility, criminal justice services/youth justice services, diversity and human rights, economic development, teaching, education and training/lifelong learning, employment services, health services, housing, immigration services, international aid and development, legal services, urban planning and redevelopment, police or policy information and advice.