Sociology


At a glance – the CCSS approach

Are you ready for a challenge? Our one-year intensive A Level Sociology course is carefully designed to ensure that all topics are covered in the same detail as a standard two-year course, but with a much sharper and immediate focus on the demands of the examination than you may have been accustomed to in the past.

You will need to be committed to teacher-led, detailed reading around the subject in your own time to increase your knowledge base.

You must also allow time for discussion and clarification of any difficult concepts. This ensures that plenty of time is spent on answering and reviewing relevant past examination questions.

Regular homework, timed tests and trial examinations, together with interpretation of mark schemes and examiners’ reports, ensure that by the time your final exams approach you will be thoroughly prepared and confident.

Please note that this course is the last year of the “unreformed” A Level. Its content is therefore not the same as the content of the two-year A Level sociology course.

Exam Board: AQA

No coursework

Course content and assessment

Unit 1: (SCLY1) Families and Households

40% of AS, 20% of A Level; 1 hour: 60 marks.

We look at a range of debates including reasons for changing patterns of marriage, child-bearing, household structure, gender roles and childhood. We also study role relationships between partners. Who does the washing up? Who takes time off from work when the children get sick?

Students will answer five questions on the above topic.

Unit 2: (SCLY2) Education with Research Methods

60% of AS, 30% of A Level; 2 hours: 90 marks.

We examine a range of issues including reasons why some children do well at school while others fail. Did you know that you do not have to be clever to pass exams? The best you can do for yourself appears to be born to middle class parents! Can that really be true?

Students will answer four questions on Education, one question on sociological research methods in context and one questions on research methods.

Unit 3: (SCLY3) Beliefs in Society

20% of A Level; 1 hour 30 minutes: 60 marks.

We examine different types of belief, including religious and scientific. We also study different types of religious organisations including traditional religions such as Christianity and Islam, and New Age movements such as witchcraft and astrology.

Students will answer two compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two.

Unit 4: (SCLY4) Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

30% of A Level; 2 hours: 90 marks

According to the official statistics, the people most likely to commit crime are young black working-class males. But as sociologists we need to consider whether the statistics are accurate or just a reflection of police stereotypes. As well as looking at the official crime statistics, we will explore the effects of globalisation on crime and examine a range of theories about crime prevention.

Students will answer two questions on crime and deviance, one on research methods in context and one on theory.

Background needed

You will not need any previous study of the subject although an interest in people and the social world around you would be an advantage.

Suitable combinations

Any arts subjects such as History, English, Film Studies or Photography, and other Social Sciences, such as Psychology, Politics, Economics or Business Studies.

After A Level

Sociology is a well-respected A Level and is readily accepted by all universities. You can go on to study Sociology on its own or in combination with a wide range of other subjects at degree level. It also provides useful background knowledge to any social science or business-based course.