Sociology

Y12 Sociology

We are running the new AQA course in year 12.   Please visit this web link to get some more information regarding this course.

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/sociology/AQA-7191-7192-FLYER-OE.PDF

Y13 Sociology

Put simply, Sociology studies society. It looks at groups of people and their behaviour in society by examining research, conducting research and attempting to understand social interaction and people’s motives for their behaviour.

The course followed at EPCS is AQA Sociology, all units are assessed by examination. A full breakdown of the specification is available here :

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/a-level/sociology-2190

AS Sociology consists of two units

Unit 1 – Families and Households

This unit looks at changing patterns of marriage, divorce, separation, cohabitation, childbearing and the life course, and family diversity. Areas within this topic focus on gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships as well as the nature of childhood and demographic trends.

Unit 2 – Education and sociological methods

Unit 2 examines education policy and theory as well as looking at trends in education relating to gender, social class and ethnicity.

This unit also looks at how research is carried out and appropriate methodology.

A2 Sociology consists of a further two units

Unit 3 – The Mass Media

In studying this unit students learn about the relationship between ownership and control of the mass media, globalisation and popular culture. How the media is created and presented and how it represents age, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability are issues that are looked at in detail.

In a technologically advancing world, the sociology of mass media also investigates how media influences behaviour and the influence of new media.

Unit 4 – Crime and Deviance

This unit seeks to explain trends in crime and deviance according to gender, social class and ethnicity, it also incorporates theories of crime and deviance.

The theories and methods section of this unit draws on knowledge from all aspects of sociology followed in the AS and A2 course.

Assessments

The A level Sociology course is assessed by examination, two units are taken in AS and two in A2, the breakdown is as follows:

Unit 1 – SCLY1

Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare

40% of AS, 20% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour

60 marks

Candidates choose one topic from three and answer five questions.

Available June only

Unit 2 – SCLY2

Education with Research Methods; Health with Research Methods

60% of AS, 30% of A Level

Written paper, 2 hours

90 marks

Candidates choose one topic (Education or Health) and answer four questions on the

chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context, and four

questions on research methods.

Available June only

Unit 3 – SCLY3

Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics

20% of A Level

Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes

60 marks

Candidates choose one topic from four and answer two compulsory questions and one

question from a choice of two.

Available June only

Unit 4 – SCLY4

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods; Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

30% of A Level

Written paper, 2 hours

90 marks

Candidates choose one topic from two and answer two questions on the chosen topic,

one question on sociological research methods in context, and one question on theory

and methods.

Available June only

Useful equipment / resources

A textbook is followed and required for all lessons. Lessons focus on exam skills and techniques. As sociology is a logical subject, lessons often involve discussion work, with students drawing on their own experiences and views.  Students are encouraged to read around the subject and keep up to date with current affairs as well as being encouraged to view sociological related programmes.