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A-level Sociology

Sociology is the study of people in social groups and deals with how societies are constructed.

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Exam Board: AQA

Sociology

Sociology is the study of people in social groups and deals with how societies are constructed. It investigates patterns of human behaviour: of interaction and cooperation, inequality and conflict. It examines where our beliefs, routines and aspirations come from and how these are influenced by social factors. A-level Sociology is an interesting and worthwhile course. It encourages a critical understanding of contemporary society. As one student notes, “Sociology offers a chance to discover how brilliant you can be if you think critically”. Furthermore, it stimulates a lifelong interest in social issues.

The first year of the A-level course covers the Sociology of Families and Households, Education and Research Methods. In year two we cover Crime and Deviance, Beliefs in Society as well as Theory and Methods. The course is demanding but fulfilling; there is a lot of independent study required, particularly when it comes to learning terminology and key case studies. GCSE Sociology is a good basis for A-level Sociology but is not essential for the A-level course.

Entry Requirements

A good grasp of English is required for the discursive nature of the subject and the demands of essay-writing as well as learning complex terminology. Students should also be willing to challenge their own and other people’s preconceptions and should never be prepared to accept things at face value.

Assessment:

Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods 

Total of 80 marks

Assessed by written exam: 2 hours

Paper 2: Families & Households with Beliefs in Society 

Total of 80 marks

Assessed by written exam: 2 hours

Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods 

Total of 80 marks

Assessed by written exam: 2 hours

Where Does it Lead?

The study of Sociology is a good grounding for working with people, whether in Media, Business, Law, Medicine, Education, Journalism Social work or Local Government Services. It increases awareness and sensitivity and deepens our understanding of the society we live in.

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