Sociology


A Level

If you are interested in the world around you and would like to find out more about your relationships with others, then A Level Sociology could be the subject for you. The subject deals with major issues that affect everyone’s life. Sociology will teach you to think in new and exciting ways about how to study yourself and the social world in which you live.

Course Overview

Education

In this unit we will study some of the main sociological theorists and methods. You will examine:

  • The role and functions of the education system
  • Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity.
  • Relationships and processes within schools.
  • Pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning.
  • The significance of educational policies.
  • The impact of globalisation on educational policy.
  • For theory and methods, you examine topics such as research design, observation, experiments, official statistics and the nature of ‘social facts’.

Families and Household

In this unit you will look at all the different types of family there are in society. We will cover the following content:

  • The relationship of the family to social structure and social change.
  • Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course.
  • Gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family.
  • The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society.
  • Demographic trends in the United Kingdom since 1900.

Beliefs in Society

In this unit, you will learn about living in a multi-faith world. We will cover areas such as:

  • The relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability.
  • Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements.
  • The relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices.
  • The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world

Crime and Deviance

In this unit you will cover areas such as:

  • Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control.
  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class
  • Globalisation and crime in contemporary society, the mass media and crime: green crime, human rights and state crimes.
  • Crime control, prevention and punishment, victims and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

Assessment

Assessment takes place at the end of two years’ worth of study. You will sit 3 two hours examinations, each worth 33% of the overall A level.

  • Paper 1- Education with Theory and Methods.
  • Paper 2- Families and Households, and Beliefs in Society.
  • Paper 3- Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Progression

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.

Last year, A Level Sociology students progressed onto a wide range of degree programmes including –

University Degree
Leicester University Psychology
Anglia Ruskin University Sociology
Sussex University Sociology

Exam Board

AQA.