Sociology

Sociology is offered to post-16 students at A –Level. It has proved to be a popular choice with students.
Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.
Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyzes and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. At the personal level, sociology investigates the social causes and consequences of such things as racial and gender identity, family conflict, deviant behaviour, aging, and religious faith.
At the societal level, sociology examines and explains matters like crime and law, poverty and wealth, prejudice and discrimination, schools and education, business firms, urban community, and social movements. At the global level, sociology studies such phenomena as population growth and migration, war and peace, and economic development.

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Career Options using Sociology

The skills and knowledge you develop studying sociology often focus on the human activities and relationships that connect individuals, groups and institutions, and relate to a wide variety of careers.
• Advice worker
• Community Development Worker
• Counsellor
• Social Researcher
• Charity Fundraiser
• Housing Manager/Officer
• Human Resources
• Probation Officer
• Youth Worker
Assessment:
This course is entirely assessed through examination. There is no coursework element.

A-LEVEL SOCIOLOGY (AQA SYLLABUS)

A-LEVEL AWARD

Paper 1
Education with Theory and Methods

33.3 % of A Level (80 marks)
Written paper, 2 hours

Paper 2
Topics in Sociology

33.3 % of A Level (80 marks)
Written paper, 2 hours
2 Examinations

Paper 3
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

33.3% of A Level (80 marks)
Written paper, 2 hours