Sociology

Faculty: Humanities

Level: A-Level

Examination Board:  AQA

Website: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology

Entry requirements: 5 in English Language or Literature and a 5 in a Humanities subject. If Sociology GCSE taken, you must have a minimum Grade 5 which and this requirement surpasses all other Humanities grades.

Students have 4/5 lessons a week

The A-level course involves Education, Family and Households, in addition to this they will be studying what is considered to be criminal in today’s society, what makes someone break the law, discussing whether the criminal justice system is effective, and so on.  Students will also study Beliefs in Society, where they will explore different purposes of religion, who is more religious and whether religion is still important in contemporary society. There is a research element to both years of the course.

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Education and research   methods

Topics in Sociology

Crime and Deviance   with Theory and Methods

Content

      
  • Education
  •   
  • Methods in Context
  •   
  • Theory and Methods

 

Content

      
  • Families and Households
  •   
  • Beliefs in Society

 

Content

Crime and Deviance

Theory and Methods

Assessment

      
  • 2 hour written exam
  •   
  • 80 marks
  •   
  • 33.3% of A-Level

Assessment

      
  • 2 hour written exam
  •   
  • 80 marks

33.3% of A-Level

Assessment

      
  • 2 hour written exam
  •   
  • 80 marks

33.3% of A-Level

Questions

3 compulsory sections

Questions

2 sections each offering a choice of 4 topics. Students answer   1 topic from each section

Questions

2 compulsory sections

 

Outside the classroom

Trips include the Church of Scientology and Hare Krishna temple, The Royal Courts of Justice (the Old Bailey) and University taster days. Each year students also attend sociology related summer schools in preparation for continuing sociology or related disciplines at university.

Progression Pathways and careers

Students are able to study GCSE, A-level and then move on to college or university to follow sociology or related courses.

Many sociology graduates work in the public sector in a social or welfare role; others go into the public and private sector. Employers include local and central government, industry, commerce, the NHS, education, charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations. Careers include Law, Journalism, Social Work, Education, Government/Politics, Criminology/Police, Management and Economics

Useful links

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology

https://teachsociology.wordpress.com/author/teachsociology/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education

https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics

Contact

 Michaela Alfred-Kamara - Head of Social Science - KamaraM@hendonschool.co.uk

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