Sociology

Why should I study Sociology?

Why should I study this subject?
Sociology is an interesting and challenging subject which aims to explain and analyse how society works. Students learn about modern issues, social institutions such as the family and education along with social change. The course introduces students to sociological theories including functionalism, Marxism and feminism, and also the research techniques sociologists use to study people in society. Sociology is relevant to the society you live in and makes you think more critically and analytically about the way societies operate.

What will I study?
Year 12 Topics

Families and Households:

Changing patterns of family life – divorce, marriage, cohabitation and family diversity

Changing roles of men, women and children

Sociological theories of the role of the family in society

Government policy and the family

Demography

Education:

Social class, gender,ethnicity and the attainment gap.

Sociological explanations of the role of education in society

Education policy in the UK

Sociological Research Methods:

Interviews, observation, questionnaires, experiments, secondary data

The use of sociological research methods in the education context.

Year 13 Topics

The Sociology of the Media:

Ownership and control of the mass media

Media content and media audiences

The media and stereotyping – gender, age, ethnicity

Globalisation and culture

Crime and Deviance:

Theories of crime/deviance

Crime and social class, gender, ethnicity

Globalisation, green crime, state crime

Criminal justice and crime prevention

Theory and Methods:

Sociological theories and methodological issues

What are the entry requirements?

Level 4 in English Language with a minimum average GCSE point score of 4.

What skills do I need?

Students should have an interest in society and be willing to think beyond the “common-sense” explanations of social problems and issues.

Students of A-Level Sociology need to write essays, using sociological theories and evidence. You will need to be willing to develop your writing skills and learn about new concepts and theories.

How will I be taught?

A range of activities are used to develop your understanding. These include group work, reading sociological studies, writing essays and participating in discussions.

How will I be assessed?

3 x 2 hour exam papers at the end of Year 13.

Each exam is worth 1/3 of the overall marks, and contain mainly essays, with some shorter-answer questions.

What will the course prepare me for?

According to bestcourse4me.com, the top six degree courses taken by students who have an A-Level in Sociology are:

Sociology

Psychology

English studies

Business studies

Law

Teaching

Studying Sociology can lead to a whole host of exciting career options, including:

Social work

Human resources

Advertising

Policing

Marketing

Journalism

Law

Teaching

How much private study should I expect to do?

Students should expect up to 4 hours a week of private study work. This will increase in the exam revision period.

What materials will I need to purchase?

A4 lined file paper, a ring

binder and pens.

Sociology students are provided with learning materials and resources in class, along with online

availability.

What is the exam board?

AQA
This subject is for you if…
you are interested in the world around you and enjoy learning, reading and discussing new ideas and theories.
This subject is not for you if…
you dislike writing essays and preparing for exams.