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Sociology

The study of sociology aims to provide students with an understanding of the social world in which we live.  We examine how society is organised and the key factors influencing individuals and groups within that society.  Key questions will include:

  • Who benefits from our current organisation of society?
  • Who is disadvantaged as a result?
  • How do we interact within our society?
  • How do class, gender and ethnicity influence our place and role in society?

AS-Level 

Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context

Examination:   1 ½ hour          (50%)              

  • the role and functions of the education system
  • differential educational achievement of social groups
  • relationships and processes within schools subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning
  • the significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation
  • Methods in Context - students must be able to apply sociological research methods to the study of education.

Paper 2:  Research Methods and Topics in Sociology

Examination:  1 ½  hours        (50%)

Research Methods

  • quantitative and qualitative methods of research
  • sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation
  • the distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data
  • the relationship between positivism, interpretivism and
  • sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’
  • theoretical, practical and ethical considerations

Families and Households

  • the relationship of the family to the social structure,
  • social change and state policies
  • changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course
  • gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family in contemporary society
  • the nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society
  • demographic trends in the United Kingdom since 1900

A-Level (AQA)

The study of sociology aims to provide students with an understanding of the social world in which we live.  We examine how society is organised and the key factors influencing individuals and groups within that society. 

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Examination:  2 hours (33.3%)

Paper 2:  Topics in Sociology

Examination:   2 hrs                (33.3%)

Research Methods

Families and Households

Beliefs in Society

Paper 3:  Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Examination:  2 hrs                 (33.3%)

Crime and Deviance

  • crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • the social distribution of crime and deviance
  • globalisation and crime in contemporary society
  • crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment

Theory and Methods

Possible career paths with Sociology:  

Social, Youth or Community Worker, Charity Worker, Police and Prison Service, Education, Journalist, Human Resources, Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Law