Exam Board: AQA
Sociology definitely makes you question events in society. It is vital you have an interest in the world around you and you need to have an up-to-date knowledge of current affairs to succeed in this subject. There is a good deal of essay writing in the course and you will really develop your evaluative skills. As an A-level Sociology student you will be assessed on the following skills. • Your knowledge and understanding of theoretical perspectives in Sociological research. • Your ability to understand key concepts and methods used by Sociologists. • The extent to which you can understand research evidence and make links to the chosen methodology and theoretical perspective. • Your ability to communicate your knowledge in a clear and effective manner. • The level at which you can apply research to the topic under discussion. • The depths at which you are able to analyse and interpret findings. • The insight you show when evaluating research studies and theories. Course outline AS Unit 1: Families and Households
(1 hour exam: 40% of AS, 20% of A-Level) You will sit a one hour exam paper consisting of a five part question, two of which are essay based. The questions all focus on the topic of Family and Households.
AS Unit 2: Education & Sociological Methods
(2 hour exam: 60% of AS, 30% of A-Level) For this unit you sit a second exam. There will be one question on Education consisting of four parts, one question on sociological research methods in Education, and a final question made up of four parts on free-standing research methods.
A2 Unit 3: Media and Society
(1 hour 30 min exam: 20% of A-Level) This unit will consist of an exam covering Media. You will be expected to answer one compulsory question and a second question from a choice of two. As with AS exams, essay writing skills are important.
A2 Unit 4: Crime and Deviance & Theory and Methods
(2 hour exam: 30% of A-Level) This second exam will be based on Crime and Deviance. You will answer a two part question on this topic, again including essay writing. This is followed by a two part question on research methods used to investigate Crime and Deviance. Finally you are required to answer one question on theory and methods in which essay responses are expected.
Goes well with…
Sociology can be combined with arts or science subjects. Health & Social Care, Biology, Law, Psychology, Business and Economics will all go well with it.
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Careers and Higher Education
There are many different kinds of degree in this area, and it can be combined with other degree subjects as at A-Level. There are many graduate jobs related to Sociology, such as education, training and teaching, social/community work, social research, social worker and probation officer. If you do not go on to degree level in the subject, an A-Level will help get you a career in the areas of business, the public sector and the not-for-profit sector. Tel 0121 323 2221 Web www.arthurterry.bham.sch.uk