We aim to ensure that all pupils:
- Acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes.
- Appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
- Understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process.
- Develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society.
- Develop a lifelong interest in social issues.
Year 12, 13
QUALIFICATION: A-Level Sociology (7192)
AWARDING BODY: AQA
Why study Sociology?
This is an exciting and challenging subject that invites you to look at things that you probably take for granted from a different angle. Sociology seeks to explain the nature of the social world. It looks at class, gender and ethnicity and tries to identify the way society works. What is feminism? Why do 62 people own half the world’s resources? What does education really teach you; valuable skills and attitudes or are you being brainwashed into a mindless drone? If you enjoy looking at things from different perspectives, have an inquisitive mind and like keeping up with current affairs then sociology could be for you.
What will I learn?
– You’ll consider the role of education in society. For example as part of your studies you’ll look into gender and ethnicity differences in school achievement. You’ll also learn how to apply your own sociology research methods to the study of education.
– You’ll learn how to conduct your own sociological research, from interviews to reviewing documents and official statistics.
– You will examine different patterns of households, look at different functions the family plays and see how childhood is created by society.
– You’ll learn about criminal and deviant behaviour, including factors that might lead a person to follow this path in life and how the media portrays them.
– You’ll learn about belief systems: what is the difference between religion and science? Are they really that different? How can you classify cults and sects? What is the future of religion?
– You’ll expand on your knowledge of research methods.
How will I learn?
Lessons will involve plenty of discussion and you will be encouraged to develop your own thoughts and ideas. You will research key theories, sociologists and contemporary issues. You will develop skills of essay writing and critical reflection.
How will I be assessed?
At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A-level grade. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 80 marks each. The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions. These will be taken at the end of year 13.
What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths
Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine. The subject is also useful in a number of other careers such as marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law or teaching.