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GCSE Sociology (AQA)

Brief Synopsis: This new and innovative course moves away from traditional lessons and teaching to form discussion groups and offers an approach to learning tailored to suit a modern Collingwood student’s needs. Past students say this course has been invaluable to entry to careers in the social sciences, the police force and other major employers.

Topics Studied: The course content is divided into sections that deal with particular kinds of social relations or with different aspects of the social structure of British society.  Students are encouraged to see the connections within social life and to examine the links between various kinds of social relations.  They should learn the role of sociological concepts, models and perspectives concerned with both structure and process, in understanding and explaining patterns of social life.

Course Requirements:

Two exams at the end of Year 11

  • Unit 1: Studying Society, Families and Households, Education (50% total GCSE grade)
  • Unit2: Crime and Deviance, Social Inequality, Mass Media (50% total GCSE grade)

GCE:  A Level Sociology (AQA)

The A Level qualification focuses on various sociological views including Feminist, Functionalist, and New Right, Post-Modern and Marxist theories on a range of topics:

  • Family and Households
  • Education
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Religion. 

Students will develop a critical voice throughout their studies evaluating and analysing the contribution of the different sociological paradigms to our understanding of each of these institutions.  Students will also understand the importance of sociology in society in regards to policy making and have an appreciation of the subject as a research based discipline.  They will need to be able to evaluate different approaches to sociological research including interpretivist and positivist methods in investigating complex social interactions. 

Main features of the A Level qualification (taken over two years)

Unit 1:            Education with Theory and Methods
Weighting:    Written exam 2 hrs 33.3 % of total A Level

Section A: Education                                        (50 marks)
Section B: Methods in Context                         (20 marks)
Section C: Theory and Methods                       (10 marks)

The questions will be a selection of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing.

Unit 2:          Topics in Sociology
Weighting:   Written exam 2 hrs 33.3 % of total A Level

Section A: Optional: Families and Households    (40 marks)
Section B: Optional: Beliefs in Society                 (40 marks)

Unit 3:          Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Weighting:   Written exam 2 hrs 33.3% of total A Level

Section A: Crime and Deviance                            (50 marks)
Section B: Theory and methods                            (30 marks)

All three units are examined at the end of the second year in May/June

What Use Will Sociology Be in the Future?

Sociology allows University entrance to a wide range of degree courses.  Careers which follow on from a qualification in Sociology include:

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Business Management
  • Advertising
  • Media
  • Police and Criminology.
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