Sociology

Sociology at KS5

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop an open minded and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, families, social power and education. It rests on investigating answers to questions such as: Why is society like this? Do the working-class and middle-class get equal opportunities? Are some family types ‘better’ than others? Does society force people to commit crime? Is religion a positive or negative influence on society today?

Subject content

We follow the AQA A-Level specification for Sociology studying the following topics:

Year 1 Year 2
-Education

-Methods and Methods in context

-Families and Households

-Crime and Deviance (Introduction)

-Crime and Deviance (continued)

-Beliefs in Society

-Theory

Assessment

Students are assessed on three main objectives:

AO1: Knowledge and understanding Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sociological theories, concepts and evidence.
AO2: Application

 

Apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues.
AO3: Analysis and evaluation

 

Analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order to present arguments, make judgements, draw conclusions.

Students sit three exams at the end of the second year which cover the following:

Paper 1: Education with Methods in context plus Theory and Methods
It is worth 33.3% of the A level. This is a written paper, has a total of 80 marks & will last for 2hrs.

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households & Beliefs in Society)
It is worth 33.3% of the A level. This is a written paper, has a total of 80 marks & will last for 2hrs.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
It is worth 33.3% of the A level. This is a written paper, has a total of 80 marks & will last for 2hrs.

Next steps

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 several other careers, like marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law or teaching.

Student quotes

‘Studying Sociology has made me view the world differently’
‘It is such an interesting subject and makes you question things around you’
‘The teachers are really helpful and provide lots of support’

Useful links

AQA specification and resources: aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology
Sociology student forum: thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay
Sociology revision: revisesociology.com

Department staff

Departmental Leader
Mr C Wheeler

Departmental teaching team
Mrs P Joyce
Mrs S Ingman
Miss H Squire