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 Humanities Faculty

Examination Board: AQA

Specification: 7192

Why Study Sociology?

A Sociologist is someone concerned with understanding society in a disciplined way. They will naturally be interested in the events that engage students’ ultimate beliefs, their moments of tragedy, grandeur and ecstasy, but they will also be fascinated by the commonplace, the everyday. It can be said that the first wisdom of sociology is this – things are not always as they seem. Social reality turns out to have many layers of meaning.

What will I learn about?

1: Families and Households

Students will study the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and state politics. Students will also look at changes to patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation and divorce.

2: Education

Students will study the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and class structure.

3: Beliefs in Society

Students will look at the different theories of ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions. Students will also explore the relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability.

4: Crime and Deviance

Students will learn about the different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control. Students will also learn about crime control, prevention and punishment.

Theory and Methods

Students will look at how sociological research is conducted and the strengths and weaknesses of the various methods used. This knowledge will then be applied in the exam to the topics education and crime and deviance. Students will also study a range of sociological theories and use these throughout the course to apply to the various sociological topics.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 Education with Theory and Methods

Written exam: 2 hours.

33.3% of A level

Paper 2 Topics in Sociology

 Written exam: 2 hours

33.3% of A level

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Written exam: 2 hours

33.3% of A level

Future pathways/careers?

Given the breadth, adaptability, and utility of studying Sociology, there are many employment opportunities. Some examples include: criminal justice, investigations, police officer, probation officer or rehabilitation, public relations.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in English plus a GCSE B grade in another humanities subject (History, Geography or Religious Studies-Short Course RS accepted)