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Sociology

Exam Board: AQA

Introduction

Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, having as its subject matter our own behaviour as social beings.

“The scope of Sociology is extremely wide, ranging from the analysis of passing encounters between individuals in the street, up to the investigation of world-wide social processes".  

Anthony Giddens ("Sociology", 1989)

The following are an integral part of the study of each topic area:

  • sociological theories, perspectives and methods
  • the design of the research used to obtain the data under consideration, including its strengths and limitations.

Students will study the following two core themes:

  • socialisation, culture and identity
  • social differentiation, power and stratification

In addition, students will also be taught to understand the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values.

Assessment

Each unit is assessed through an exam.  All exams are taken at the end of the course.  There is no course work/controlled assessment element to this qualification.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods. 2 hours. (All sections compulsory)

Paper 2: 2 hour exam (To complete one section from Option 1 and one section from Option 2).

Topic choices in Option 1 are:

  • Culture and Identity
  • Families and Households
  • Health and Work
  • Poverty and Welfare

Topic choices in Option 2 are:

  • Beliefs in Society
  • Global Development
  • The Media and Stratification and Differentiation

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. 2 hours (All questions compulsory.)

Career Progression

Sociology will prepare you for careers that centre on the challenges and demands that members of a society face.  This leads to jobs in social services, education, criminal justice, welfare services, government, counselling, charities and the voluntary sector.  They include charity fundraiser, community development worker, counsellor, lecturer, housing officer, teacher, probation officer, social researcher, social worker and welfare rights adviser.

There are also wider transferable skills that you can develop including the ability to judge and evaluate evidence; understanding the complexity and diversity of situations, including organizations themselves; collecting information and making reasoned and logical arguments.  Sociology students will also develop a wider set of transferable skills like team-working; verbal communication skills; showing initiative, and being able to work in a way that is supportive of equality and diversity in the workplace.