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What is Sociology?


Studying Sociology is an enjoyable and illuminating experience. In a broad sense, sociology is the systematic study of human social groups. Perhaps the main contribution of AS/A2 Level Sociology is that it can help people to understand their own lives better i.e. it helps us understand our place in the social world. It does this by explaining the relationships between personal experience and ‘external’ events, between self and society.

Thus, the loss of a job or the closure of a local school may be viewed as a personal problem to the individual with little thought being given to the reason(s) why such things occur.
Sociology can help to explain such experience by exploring who is responsible for it, or whether what has happened is part of a wider social trend in unemployment or cuts in the education budget. By doing this we make sense of our own lives.

How sociologists investigate the social world is a major part of the A Level specification. Students will be given opportunities to draw on their own experiences of life and to offer explanations for the activities people get involved in.

 

Career Options


An A Level in Sociology can lead to university studies and a career in any of a wide variety of careers, such as social welfare, healthcare, politics and the media. Many students with a GCE Sociology qualification go on to undertake further study and have successful careers in a range of disciplines such as:

 Law
 Drama
 Teaching
 Nursing
 Occupational Therapy
 Media
 Market Research
 Public Relations
 Speech Therapy

 

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Contact: Mrs McGuigan (Subject Coordinator)

 

 


AQA AS Sociology

 

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We follow the AQA specification which consists of two externally assessed written examinations.  The structure of the AS course is summarised in the table below:

 Unit  Assessment  Weighting

 Paper 1 -

 Education with Research Methods

 Written Paper:

 2016 (1hr 30 mins)

 17th May 2016 AM

 50% of AS

 Paper 2 -

Research Methods and Topics in Sociology

 Written Paper:

 2016 (1hr 30 mins)

 24th May 2016 AM

 50% of AS

 

The table below shows the outline of the AS Sociology course as it will be delivered in St Patrick's:

   Topics  Teaching Time
 Term 1  3.2.2.2 Families and Households  13 Weeks
 Term 2

 3.2.1 Research Methods

 3.1.1 Education

 3 Weeks

 5 Weeks

 Term 3  3.1.2 Methods in Context  2 Weeks

 

The learning objectives for each topic can be found in the AQA Specification - 

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

 

Resources


Students will be provided with the AQA Sociology textbook and supplementary teacher hand-outs.   Students are expected to complete independent research by researching articles and websites that are provided to them on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

 

Assessment


Summative assessment will take place through formal examinations in December and March and regular topic tests using past paper questions will be used to determine knowledge and understanding of course content.

 

After successfully completing the two AS units students may choose leave the course with an AS qualification in Sociology. However, the majority of students decide to continue their studies to A2. In year 14 you will study a further three units.

 


A2 Sociology

 

 Unit  Assessment   Weighting 

 Paper 1 - Education with Theory and Methods

 Section A: Education

 Section B: Methods in Context

 Section C: Theory and Methods 

 2 Hour Written Paper: 

 June 2017

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 33.3% of A2

 Paper 2 - Topics in Sociology:

 Families and Households

 Beliefs in Society 

 household

 2 Hour Written Paper:

 June 2017

 33.3% of A2

 Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods:

 Section A: Crime and Deviance

 Section B: Thoery and Methods

 crime

 2 Hour Written Paper:

 June 2017

 33.3% of A2

 

Resources


Students will be provided with the AQA Sociology textbook and supplementary teacher hand-outs.   Students are expected to complete independent research by researching articles and websites that are provided to them on Fronter to accommodate independent learning.

 

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