Exam Board – AQA
Course Requirements: 5 GCSEs at A* – C including English and Maths
Learners study 2 units at AS Level, assessed via 2 exams at the end of year 12. Learners wishing to progress to A-Level revise the two units already studied, alongside 2 further units, all of which are assessed via 3 exams at the end of year 13.
More detailed information can be found at aqa.org.uk/7192
About the Course
Sociology explores, analyses and critiques a broad range of social and cultural practices, theories, processes and key events using statistics, quantitative and qualitative methodology, demographic and content analysis and many other means.
Sociology bridges the academic divide between arts and sciences; offering students the opportunity to develop a broad understanding of society combined with rigorous statistical and scientific research methods.
Learners study a broad range of social structures such as families, schools, religious beliefs and crime, as well as developing their understanding of theories about society such as functionalism, individualism, political and economic theories.
Sociology AS Level
Learners study the themes of Education and Family, using the topics to develop research methodology and methods in context.
Education with Methods in Context (3.1.1 & 3.1.2) is assessed by a 90 minute exam, worth 60 marks and counting for 50% of the AS Level. This includes 40 marks on Education and 20 marks on Methods in Context.
Research Methods and Education in Sociology (3.2.1 & 3.2.2) is assessed by a 90 minute exam, worth 60 marks and counting for 50% of the AS Level. This includes 40 marks on Education and 20 marks on Research Methods.
Both exams are sat in summer 2016.
Dependent on good results from their AS-Level, learners can elect to sit the full A-Level in Sociology course.
Learners build upon their AS learning by studying education, sociological theory, methodology, families, households, beliefs, crime and deviance.
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods (4.1.1, 4.1.2 & 4.1.3) is a 2 hour exam, worth 80 marks and counting for 33.3% of the A-level. This includes 50 marks on Education, 20 marks on Methods in Context and 10 marks on Theory and Methods.
Paper 2: Families & Households and Beliefs (4.2.2 and 4.2.5) is a 2 hour exam, worth 80 marks and counting for 33.3% of the A-level. This includes 2 sections of 40 marks on each subject.
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (4.3.1 & 4.3.2) is a 2 hour exam, worth 80 marks and counting for 33.3% of the A-level. This includes 50 marks on Crime and Deviance and 30 marks on Theory and Methods.
Sociology is useful when applying for a broad range of university courses, such as History, Geography, Criminology, Social Care, Philosophy, Economics, Politics, Psychology, International Relations and, of course, Sociology.
Sociology is consistently one of the most popular A-level and Degree choices, being within the top ten for student numbers each year. Sociology also enables a solid foundation for learners looking for a career in research.