Sociology A-Level Course


Introduction to Sociology


QUALIFICATION: AQA – AS & A-LEVEL IN SOCIOLOGY

This is a subject that challenges your everyday experiences. It is the study of the relationship between the individual and society. Have you ever wondered why people exhibit certain behaviour or how we become the people that we are? If so, the Sociology AS/A-Level course offers you an opportunity to explore a deeper understanding of the social world, by examining social influences, such as, families, schools, religion, and the mass media. Consideration of how and why such groups and institutions function will enable you to examine how individuals both create society and are created by it. It is an exciting and demanding course which aims to develop valuable academic and social skills. Critical awareness, political literacy and informed opinion are encouraged on this course, with the ultimate aim of developing the whole person.

Teaching is delivered in small groups by lectures, interaction, activity learning and personal student research. Assessment is through regular submission of past questions and exam practice.


Teaching & Assessment


Year 12
Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
1 hour 30 minutes written exam, 60 marks – short answers and extended writing
50% of AS level
Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology (Culture and Identity)
1 hour 30 minutes written exam, 60 marks- short answers and extended writing
50% of AS level


Year 13
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
2 hour written exam, 80 marks – short answers and extended writing
33.3% of A-level
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology -  Culture and Identity and Beliefs in Society
2 hour written exam, 80 marks– extended writing
33.3% of A-level
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
2 hour written exam, 80 marks- short answers and extended writing
33.3% of A-level


Vocational Progression


Sociologists are highly valued and studies in this subject prepare you for a variety of courses in Higher Education which include Medicine, Law, Politics, Criminology, Social Policy planning and Journalism to name a few. Any career that involves the interaction of individuals and groups is one that would benefit from a sociological insight and many of our ex- students are now following successful careers in Teaching, Social Services, the Police Force, the Prison Service, Parliament, Journalism, Private Enterprise and Medicine.


Course Structure


Year 12


• Education with  Methods in Context
• Research Methods and Topics in Sociology
• Culture and Identity


Year 13


• Education with Theory and Methods (plus Methods in Context)
• Topics in Sociology -  Beliefs in Society or Mass Media
• Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

In the past few years Sociology students have participated in trips to a Criminology conference and the Manchester Buddhist Centre to participate in meditation and yoga. There is also opportunities that range from working and observing in a local primary schools to interviewing serving prisoners. As part of Social Sciences, students are given the opportunity to take part in a two day European city visit. Experience of life is an important aspect of understanding sociology in action.