Sociology is the study of people and their behaviour. The role of the sociologist is to try and decide why people behave in the way they do, and whether we are simply puppets of society or whether we are all individuals who can choose the paths we take.
At AS and A level we follow the AQA Sociology specification and split the subject into four main topic areas, with theory and Research methods reoccurring throughout. During Year 12 students study Families and Households as well as Education with Research methods. These units introduce students to some of the key concepts of the subject, whilst examining the changes in the structure and role of the family over recent years, as well as the issues that lead to differences in achievement for various groups of students in the education system. Students also examine how a sociologist goes about the study of human behaviour.
During year 13, students study Sociological Theory such as Functionalism, Marxism and Action theories. The topics focus on Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance which examines crime in today’s society, and the different theories which seek to explain the role of crime in Britain. Students can learn why people commit crimes as well as arguing whether crime serves a function. The methods section builds and extends on the work they did in Year 12 by explaining sociological methods.
The course allows students to work in a variety of ways, and promotes active learning through discussion, and listening to and assessing a range of opinions. Students are encouraged to work both independently and in groups.
The Structure of the course:
- Paper 1 – Education with methods in context
- Paper 2 – Families and Households and research methods
A Level Sociology
- Paper 1 Education with theory and methods in context (2 hours)
- Paper 2: Topics in Sociology – Beliefs in Society and Families and Households. (2 hours)
- Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with theory and methods (2 hours)
Students receive 4 lessons a week for Sociology, which is split between two teachers each year. These teachers focus on different areas of the specification.