Sociology A Level
What will I learn?
Section A Socialisation and Culture
How is culture transmitted to you? How do you develop your sense of identify? Why is culture so diverse and how has our idea of culture changed?
Section B Families and Households
What is a family? How has the family changed over time? Is the family in decline? What trends in marriage, divorce, birth and death rates can we identify?
Section C Media
What effect does the media have on its audience? Who owns the media and who controls the media? What patterns and trends are there in the way certain social groups are represented in the media?
Methods of Sociological Enquiry:
How is sociological research undertaken by Sociologists? Why is sociological research important in measuring societal trends and changes?
Section A Power and Stratification
Where is there inequality in our society? Why does inequality exist in our society? Does hierarchy still exist in our post-modern society? How is wealth distributed in the contemporary UK?
Section B Crime and Deviance
Who commits the most crime and why? In what way does the media have an influence on crime? What have governments done to combat a rising crime rate?
GCSE English at grade 5 or above; an interest in current affairs. A GCSE points average of 4.6.
How long will it take to qualify?
How will I be assessed?
All assessments at the end of the 2nd Year
Component 1 2½-hour exam, 120 marks, A Level weighting 40%
Component 2 1¾-hour exam, 60 marks, A Level weighting 20%
Component 3 2½-hour exam, 120 marks, A Level weighting 40%
There is no coursework in this subject, but students will be tested on their understanding of the methods sociologists use to do their research within the examinations.
Additional Learning Opportunities
You could study on sociology-related Open University courses, take part in work experience or join the Debating Society.
Who is this course aimed at?
Sociology is attractive to students who:
- have an interest in social issues and social problems
- enjoy studying issues relevant to their own lives and experiences
- like airing their views, but are also willing to listen to others
- want to know more about this country and other societies
- want to know how our behaviour is affected by people around us
Many students progress to employment in areas such as law or social work, or go on to study social sciences at a higher level.
- A Level
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