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Sociology

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Ms L Pudney Head of Department
Ms L Hackin

Sociology A-Level - AQA

Have you ever wondered about the full story behind the important issues in our society? How will the unemployment that so many are now experiencing affect their lives, even after they have found work? Perhaps you feel like there is more to what you read in the papers or see on TV? For instance, why is the western world so obsessed with celebrity now? Have you wondered about changes in technology and the affect they are having on society? How are people using Facebook and other social sites? Do mobile phones make our lives more or less stressful?

If you are fascinated by the behaviour of others and why we act the way we do, then sociology is for you. Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human social behaviour, including the social dynamics of small groups of people, large organisations, communities, institutions and even entire societies. Sociologists are typically motivated by their desire to better understand social life, believing that this will help improve people’s lives through more enlightened and effective policies. If you choose to study sociology you will discover how to investigate these kinds of questions for yourself and begin to understand more about your own motivations and behaviours, gaining a wide range of very valuable skills that can be applied to almost any career.

Subject content AS (both exams at the end of Year 12)

Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context

Paper 2: Research Methods and Family Topic

 1 hour 30 minutes exam

60 marks

50% of AS Level 

 1 hour 30 minutes exam

60 marks

50% of AS Level

 

Subject content A-Level (all three exams at the end of Year 13)

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Beliefs in Society)

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

2 hour written exam

80 marks

33.3% of A-Level 

2 hour written exam

80 marks

33.3% of A-Level 

 2 hour written exam

80 marks

33.3% of A-Level 

 

Recommended Textbooks

Book One: AQA A-Level Sociology; Napier Press Sociology (ISBN: 978-0-954-0079-1-1

Book Two: AQA A-Level Sociology; Napier Press (ISBN: 978-0-9540079-2-8)

 

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