Sociology is an enjoyable and interesting subject that throws new light on the world around you. It is a social science that is concerned with how human social relationships are formed and patterned, for example, organisations, cultures and societies. Sociologists try to gain objective knowledge about the world using investigations to help them form theories. It works from the premise that our social behaviour is learned not instinctive.
New research experiences have been added to the course such as a day of court observations, student questionnaires, lesson observations and an interview with a police officer. These help students to understand the research that is completed by Sociologists in order to form their theories.
The subject obtained its best ever results in Summer 2011. Congratulations goes to those students who have achieved above their target grade (one by 3 grades). It was also particularly pleasing that 2 students went on to study Sociology at University.
All Sociology lessons take place in B2 which contains a range of useful displays and a Sociology library of textbooks, student guides and revision books. Each student receives a textbook that is written by chief examiners and focuses on exam content and technique.
Mrs L Millward
Courses & Syllabus
Unit 1 Families and Households (January exam) This is about different types of families and how their prevalence has changed over the years. You will consider what the role of the family is and how it can support society.
1 Hour exam 40% of the AS mark
Unit 2 Education and Research Methods (summer exam) What are the functions of education and how have various initiatives over the years have an impact upon achievement. Who succeeds and why?
2 Hour exam that asks about your knowledge of education and Sociological methods used to research education.
60% of AS mark (30% of total A level)
Unit 4 Crime and Deviance< Theory and Methods (january exam) Different crimes its functions, theories of crime, media representations of crime, suicide and social distribution of crime. This includes your knowledge of crime and deviance, how it links to the other topics and how it has been researched.
2 Hour exam. 30% of total A level mark.
Unit 3 Beliefs in Society (summer exam) How beliefs can affect the stability of society and whether society is becoming secular.
1 hour 30 minutes exam 20% of total A level mark
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