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The Palmer Catholic Academy

The Palmer Catholic Academy

Sociology

Head of Department
Ms M Bailey    

Examination 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.

AS: Unit 1: Education with Research Methods in context

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

Assessment: Written paper 1, 1½ hours (50% of AS marks)

AS: Unit 2 Research Methods and Family and Households

An understanding of how Functionalists, Marxists, Feminists and New Right explain the changing nature of family relationships and the social construction of childhood.

Assessment: Written paper 2, 1½ hours (50% of AS marks)

A2: Unit 1: Education with Methods in Context

Assessment: Written paper 1, 2 hours (33.3% of A-level marks)

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 and the systematic study of family households.

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

Assessment: Written paper 2, 2 hours (33.3% of A-level marks)

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

Assessment: Written paper 3, 2 hours (33.3% of A Level marks)

 

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 B in English Language.

Contact: Ms Bailey