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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

Sociology

Head of Department
Ms M Bailey    

BOARD:    AQA

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Sociology is the systematic study of people and institutions in society. The course includes analysis of the family, education, religion, crime, theory and methods.

In year 12, students are introduced to some of the key topics which they will be assessed on at the end of year 13. There are no formal exams in year 12 and there is no coursework throughout the two years. Assessment is all exam based.

Topics studied in year 12: Education, Research Methods and Families and Households

Assessment: Written paper 1 (2 hours)

A2: Unit 1: Education with Methods in Context

Explanation of the role of the education system and educational achievement, including analysis of social class, gender, ethnicity and social policies. Analysis of how data is collected, assessed and used by sociologists to investigate the complex nature of society

Assessment: Written paper 2 (2 hours)

A2: Unit 2: Beliefs in Society and Family and Households

Explanations of the relationship between religious beliefs, organisations and social groups and the increase in secularisation in society. Analysis of new age movements and new religious movements including cults, sects and denominations.

An understanding of how Functionalists, Marxists, Feminists and New Right sociologists explain the complex intimacies of family relationships and the social construction of childhood

Assessment: Written paper 3 (2 hours)

A2: Unit 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Explanations of crime, deviance, social order and social control in society

Analysis of theories, perspectives and research methods used in sociology


WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES AFTER A-LEVEL?

The study of sociology will provide a strong basis for a career in social work, social research, criminology, teaching or the police force.

WHAT ARE THE SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS?

Minimum grade 5 in English Language.