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Sociology

Sociology

Entry Requirements

An average Attainment 8 score of 5.5 as well as a Grade 5 in English Language or Literature and Grade 5 in Maths. In addition, GCSE Grade B in Sociology is preferred.

An additional AS in Core Maths is advised if not taking Maths A Level.

What is Sociology?

Sociology focuses on the relationship between individuals and the society in which they live. It encourages an investigation and understanding of cultural and identity issues found within modern society. In addition, it includes a study of research findings and evaluation of sociological research methods.

 Year 1 of A Level

Unit 1: Families and Households: focuses on family structure, government policy, the nature of childhood and demographic changes and their impact on the family.

Unit 2: Education and Research Methods: areas include the role and purpose of education, reasons for differential achievement, the significance of educational policy changes, and an understanding of research methods.

Year 2 of A Level

Unit 3: Beliefs in Society: includes the relationship between religious belief, social change and stability, links between different social groups and spiritual organisations plus the extent of secularisation.

Unit 4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: areas include social groups and crime rates, theories of crime, crime control and punishment as well as the nature of sociological theory and research.

How will you be assessed?

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

Exam Board: AQA