Sociology (KS5) – AQA A Level
A level sociology involves investigating, understanding and evaluating society, groups and their behaviour. Themes which run throughout the course include the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values.
The Sociology of Education, including the role of education, changing government policy on education, the attainment of different social groups and the relationship between education and globalisation
The design of research used to obtain data on a topic within the study of Education
Families and Households, including family diversity and the links with changes in wider society, the development of childhood, government policies on the family, demographic changes and changes to family roles
Sociological research methods including quantitative and qualitative sources of data
Sociological theories and perspectives such as functionalism, Marxism and feminism, and how these relate to sociological research methods
Beliefs in Society, including the role of religion in society, secularisation, the relationship between religion and social change, the impact of globalisation on religious beliefs
Crime and Deviance, including theories of crime, crime prevention strategies, the social distribution of crime and victimisation, the role of surveillance in society today
The course is assessed by three written exams at the end of Year 13. There is no coursework.