Dept - Social Sciences
Type of Qualifcation - AS/A2
Exam Board - AQA
Additional Entry Requirements -
Minimum Grade 4 in a related subject. (English, RE , History or Law)
First year (AS)
• Unit 1: Families and Households
• Unit 2: Education and Research Methods
Second year (A2)
• Unit 3: Beliefs in Society
• Unit 4: Crime, Deviance, Theory and Methods
Sociology is an essay based subject and will develop students´ analytical and evaluative skills.
Style of Assessment
This subject is assessed by exams, there is no coursework. Students will complete two modules each year and be examined at the end of the summer term.
Whose kind of course?
Anyone who has an interest in contemporary social and political affairs such as changes in society relating to marriage, divorce, educational policies, crime and deviance and belief systems.
Sociology studies society from different theoretical viewpoints and students will be required to compare and contrast these alternative perspectives in a balanced and informed manner. Students who enjoy discussion and debating will enjoy this subject. Students develop evaluative and analytical skills that are transferrable to many other subjects and careers.
Stretch and challenge – Aiming for the best grade.
Students are encouraged to research and further investigate all topics covered, using text books, documentaries, sociology websites and news and current affairs programmes. Attendance at sociology conferences is encouraged. Students improve their learning by engaging in their own primary research covering topics and methods they will be studying.
Sociology forms the basis for training in many of the following fields: human resources, teaching, criminology, social work, armed forces, local government, health care and business management.