What is Sociology?
Sociology is the systematic study of society. It is about all types of social relationships people share with each other; in their families, communities, schools and work. The methods developed by sociologists are used in many other disciplines such as market research and management studies.
What topics do we study?
Many aspects of the human experience. The A-level course concentrates on family, education, beliefs (religion) and crime. Social theory is important in sociology, as is the ability to evaluate evidence and choose between possible explanations. Students also learn about the methods used by sociologists and have opportunities to apply this knowledge.
Why study sociology?
Sociology is the kind of subject liked by many professional careers including medicine, education and business, which require some knowledge of society and social theory. Sociology works well alongside a range of other A-level subjects, including Law, Psychology, History and Philosophy and Ethics. You will develop useful skills including communication (discussion, debate, presentation etc), analysis, evaluation and research. Above all – Society is about people – so if you are interested in how people ‘work’, how we interact, and why we have constructed society in the way we have – then give it a go!
What are the requirements?
Good grades in English Language and Literature are helpful, but the most important attributes are a sense of commitment and a willingness to work hard at a subject that can sometimes be difficult to grasp at first, as it is not a GCSE option and so is new for everyone. You need to be highly organised to cope with the volume of material required for the exam. You cannot be a good sociology student unless you are aware of what is happening in society: you need to read widely and take an active interest in current affairs!
A Level Sociology
During Yr12, students will study two elements of their AQA A level:
Terms 1/2 – Introduction to Theory; Family and Households
Terms 2/3 – Education
Research methods are also embedded within these topics. Yr12 will be internally assessed; the actual A level is taken in Yr13.
During Yr13, students will study two new elements of the AQA syllabus
Term 1 – Beliefs in Society
Term 2 – Crime and Deviance
Term 3 – Revision of all four units.
The A level consists of three exams; the first will be Education and Research methods; the second will be on Family and Beliefs; the third exam will be Crime and Research Methods.
Please see Mr Ratcliffe or Mrs Baker if you require any further information about this course.