Sociology A Level
Teaching for this course is delivered in a variety of engaging methods such as small group work, presentations, quizzes, debates and practical research. In the first year of the course, you will study AS Sociology. This is a stand-alone qualification that is co-taught with A Level Sociology. The research you undertake will allow you to experience some of the practical, ethical and methodological issues that sociologists encounter in their fieldwork.
Work Experience All students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and year two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.
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.
What areas will I study?
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.