Sociology


LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: AQA

WHY CHOOSE SOCIOLOGY?
Sociology aims to deepen a student’s awareness of the world in which he/she lives and their place within it. It gives an understanding of the social institutions such as families, education and the mass media as well as social processes such as socialisation and discrimination that influence behaviour and operate within society. Sociology can be thought provoking as it gives students the opportunity to challenge their personal views and assumptions. This subject focuses the issues faced by contemporary Britain such as crime, the role of the mass media and inequality. Students will become analytical and critical of the world around them and the theories that aim to explain society. Sociology helps students to develop skills desired by employers and higher educational institutions including research skills, communication skills, writing skills and the ability to analyse, evaluate and interpret data and information. Sociology is academic discipline that works well in combination with Psychology as well as other subjects within the humanities facility.

AIMS OF THE COURSE

Sociology aims to deepen a student’s awareness of the world in which he/she lives. It gives an understanding of the social structures and social processes that operate within society and that govern behaviour. Helping you to develop knowledge and understanding for balanced arguments and research techniques.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

AS COMPONENT 1:

Education with Methods in Context – Covering aspects of

the purpose of education, reasons for different achievements by social, class, gender and ethnicity, relationships and educational. Research methods related to education.

AS COMPONENT 2:

Research Methods – Research methods; sources of data and their strengths and limitations, the distinction between types of data and considerations influencing topics.

Families and Households – Explores many social issues such as social policies, their impact on family structure, reasons for divorce, remarriage and separation, explanations of domestic abuse and power struggles in families, childhood in different cultures and reasons for changes in population in UK.

A LEVEL COMPONENT 1:

Education – Covering aspects of the purpose of education, reasons for different achievements by social class, gender and ethnicity, relationships and educational.

Theory and Methods in Context – The differences between consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories. The debate over whether sociology is scientific.

A LEVEL COMPONENT 2:

Families and Households – Explores many social issues such as social policies, their impact on family structure, reasons for divorce, remarriage and separation, explanations of domestic abuse and power struggles in families, childhood in different cultures and reasons for changes in population in UK.

The Media – Here we look at issues such as: Who owns and controls the media? Has globalisation changed entertainment and media? How is news selected and presented? Is the news objective?

A LEVEL COMPONENT 3:

Crime and Deviance – Different theories of crime, deviance & social control. Who commits the most crime? Do the media encourage crime? Does the justice system punish appropriately? Are crime statistics true?

 

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?

AS – Exam: 100%

A2 – Exam: 100%

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Sociology will equip you with a wide range of transferable skills which will open many doors of opportunity to you such as degrees in Sociology, Psychology, Social Policy, Criminology, Law, Nursing, Media, Philosophy, Counselling, Social anthropology, Primary education and Politics. Career choices include Education, Journalism, Advertising, Law, Teaching, Social Work, Health and Social Care, Probation and Youth work, Government advisory departments, Housing, Investigating justice and victim support