Sociology looks at how society works and how the various parts of society relate to each other. Core features of the course include the different views sociologists have about a subject like family or education. Studying Sociology will offer you insights into social and cultural issues like gender equality. It helps you develop a multi-dimensional perspective of, and critical approach to, issues surrounding culture, identity, religion, crime, childhood and social power. The content of the course is split into six sections:
Unit 1: The Sociology of Families and Education
1) The Sociology of Families (various family structures, how family relationships have changed and views on marriage and divorce)
2) The Sociology of Education (the role of education, the impact of social policy on education, the impact of school processes and external factors that affect achievement)
3) Sociological Approaches and Research Methods (methods of investigation and ethical considerations for research into families and education)
Unit 2: The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification
1) Crime and Deviance (explanations of crime, media and public debates about crime, and views on crime and punishment)
2) Social Stratification (different views of social class, factors affecting life chances, wealth, income and poverty, power and authority, power and the state)
3) Sociological Approaches and Research Methods (methods of investigation and ethical considerations for research into crime and social stratification)
GCSE Sociology will provide a firm platform on which to approach A Level Sociology. Sociology is a well-respected qualification that links well with other subject disciplines. Sociology is a useful qualification in a number of careers like: Law, Police work, Media, Journalism, Nursing, Social work, Probation services, Research and the Civil Service. It also provides valuable knowledge and transferable skills that would be useful in the world of Business and Commerce.
Exam Board: AQA
Structure of Course: 100% examination
Units: The sociology of families, Education, Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification.
Paper Options: All students sit the same two papers, which allow them to gain levels 1 to 9.