Curriculum Vision and Intent
The study of Sociology at A Level involves working through four key aspects of society and critically assessing these using Sociological theories. This subject gives students the opportunity to argue and discuss the causes and outcomes of a variety of social problems and to understand the social and political makeup of society.
We aim to:
- Develop students’ ability to understand social and historical events from a variety of sociological perspectives
- Develop methodological skills and be able carry out your own research, and know-how to evaluate research carried out by others
- Develop study skills with a focus on helping students prepare for the independent nature of learning at university
- Focus on critical thinking, and develop critical analysis as a skill
- Have a good understanding of sociological thinkers and theories
KS5 Curriculum and assessment
Exam Board: AQA
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods (33.3% A Level Grade) 2-hour Examination
Within this paper students examine the role and functions of the education system, including the relationships and processes within schools. Differences in educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society are explored. The topic concludes with students applying sociological research methods to the study of education.
Paper 2: Topic 1 Family and Households – Topic 2 Beliefs in Society (33.3% A Level Grade) 2-hour Examination
This paper covers two separate topics. The first topic, Family and Households is covered in year one. For this topic students become familiar with changing family patterns and family diversity in contemporary society. The experiences of couples and childhood today are analysed and the impact of state policies on family structures considered. The second topic covered in year two is Beliefs in Society. For this topic students explore issues including sociological theories of religion, ways religion can be a force for social change, debates for and against secularisation, the role of religious organisations in society and questions regarding the significance of religion in the contemporary, global world.
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance & Theory & Methods – (33.3% A Level Grade) 2-hour Examination
Students investigate sociological explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control and analyse the impact of globalisation and the media on crime in contemporary society. Recent patterns and trends are examined for the social distribution of crime by ethnicity, gender and social class. The topic concludes with a focus on theory and methods, including quantitative and qualitative sources of data, research design and the debate surrounding sociology’s scientific status.
A Level Sociology goes well with all A Level subjects but particularly complements English, Psychology, History and Politics within the Arts based A Levels. It works well alongside the three sciences; particularly for students considering a career in frontline care professions such as Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing.
Future opportunities (careers, university courses)
Careers in Law, Medicine, Social Policy, Civil Service, Teaching, Media and the Police.
Most professions now have sociological aspects to their training courses.