A LEVEL SOCIOLOGY

Awarding Body:AQACourse Duration:1/2 Years

Minimum Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs A* - C including English and Maths. An interest in contemporary society is essential for you to succeed.

Course Content

Sociology is an interesting and dynamic subject that studies the way our society is organised and how we experience life. We are living through a time of enormous change and Sociology is the one social science to equip you with the knowledge and understanding to analyse, interpret and evaluate a range of perspectives on how social change affects us all. Sociology is not just about Britain, it also addresses global issues such as the environment, immigration, global crime, state crime and how globalisation is shaping our lives. Sociologists engage in research to test their theories and explain the way our society is structured. Consequently consideration of research methods and theoretical perspectives underpins all AS and A Level units The course will help you develop essential skills for university and future employment including analysing data, constructing arguments/essays using research evidence, communication skills and evaluation of material in an objective and analytical manner.

AS Sociology (1 year) – Course Overview:

Paper 1 – Education with Methods In Context

  • 1 hour and 30 mins written exam
  • 60 marks
  • 50% of AS Level

Exam structure:

  • Education: short-answer and extended writing, 40 marks
  • Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks

Paper 2 – Research Methods and Families and Households

  • 1 hour and 30 mins written exam
  • 60 marks
  • 50% of AS Level

Exam Structure:

Section A – Research Methods; short-answer and extended writing, 20 marks

Section B – Families and Households; short-answer and extended writing, 40 marks

A Level Sociology (2 year) – Course Overview

Paper 1 - Education with Theory and Methods

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 80 marks
  • 33.3% of A level

Exam structure:

  • Education: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
  • Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks
  • Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks

Paper 2 - Families and Households; Beliefs in Society

  • 2 hour written exam
  • 80 marks
  • 33.3% of A-level

Exam structure:

  • Section A / Families and Households - extended writing, 40 marks
  • Section B / Beliefs in Society - extended writing, 40 marks


Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • 2 hour exam
  • 80 marks
  • 33.3.% of A Level

Exam Structure:

  • Crime and Deviance: short-answer and extended writing, 50 marks
  • Theory and Methods: short-answer and extended writing, 30 marks

Methods of Teaching

We use a combination of teacher-led discussions, debates, research and presentation tasks and ICT-based tasks to enhance students’ learning and enjoyment of the course. You will be expected to engage in independent reading and research outside of the formal classroom teaching to support your learning.

Financial Implications

You are expected to buy your textbook (approximately £20.00) and we strongly advise you buy a revision guide for each unit (approximately £5.00). In addition to this the Learning Resource Centre has an excellent collection of Sociology texts and journals. We do run trips to London museums, theatre productions. The college has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs.

Career Progression

AS and A Level Sociology provide an excellent preparation for university and employment as you will develop an in-depth understanding of the key changes shaping contemporary society and the ability to engage in higher level thinking, analysis and evaluation of competing sources of evidence. Sociology is highly recommended for students considering careers in teaching, social research, criminal justice / probation service, social work, a range of health and social care professions (e.g. nursing, midwifery) the Police and human resources / personnel.

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