Sociology (KS5) – AQA A Level
A Level sociology involves studying human groups and social life in modern societies. It considers the influence of society on the behaviour of individuals and the way in which people interpret the world around them.
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
The Media unit investigates the relationship between ownership and control of the media, the media, globalisation and popular culture and media representations of age, gender, class ethnicity, sexuality and disability. In addition to this we investigate the new media and their significance for understanding the role of the media in contemporary society.
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.