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Sociology Overview

 

Key Stage 4

Sociology is offered as a GCSE Level. We follow the AQA specification and this provides a broad introduction to understanding how society works and the key areas of sociology. The emphasis is providing knowledge on key themes associated to the studying of society. This specification encourages students to take a questioning approach to evidence and issues; developing their critical evaluative skills through studying sociological research methods.

During the course students will study:

  • The sociological approach; how sociological knowledge  and ideas have changed over time, the contribution of classical Sociologists and different sociological perspectives on social structures, processes and issues.
  • Families: the function of families, Family forms and how relationships are changing within families and changes in the pattern of divorce.
  • Education: the roles and functions of education, the relationship between capitalism and education, factors affecting educational achievement and processes within schools.
  • Crime and Deviance: the social construction of concepts of crime and deviance and explanations, formal and informal methods of social control and the usefulness of the main sources of data on crime.
  • Social Stratification: different views of the functionalist theory of social stratification, different views on socio-economic class, different views on life chances and interpretations of poverty, power and authority and power relationships.

 

Links to specification - https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192/introduction

 

Key Stage 5

Sociology is offered as an A Level subject. We follow the AQA specification and this provides a broad introduction to understanding how society works and the key areas of sociology. The emphasis is on applying knowledge and understanding to current events and seeking to develop students’ transferable skills of analysis and evaluation.

At A Level, there are a range of topic-based options which bring together explanations from theoretical explanations and key sociological debates. The following topics are studied; The Education system and methods in context, the importance and role of the media, the role of the family and crime and deviance in society, alongside key sociological theories and perspectives. 

 Future Pathways

Teaching, Social Work, Law, Counselling, Community Education, Information Management, Human Relations, Sociologist.

Specification link   http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192

 

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