Sociology

A Level

Sociology is the study of society and of people and their behaviour. We question everything in our society:

• Why are there gendered subject choices in schools?
• Why do women still do more housework and childcare than men?
• Why are crimes committed by wealthy individuals ignored?
• Why is the White British population less religious today?

A Level Sociology involves a detailed analysis of British society: our families, the education system, criminal and deviant behaviour and the beliefs individuals hold.

Sociology is an engaging, thought provoking subject, encouraging you to think differently about your life experiences.

You will develop your skills of critical thinking, evaluation and essay writing. A Level Sociology is 100% examination.

You will sit three 2 hour exam papers at the end of the course. The exams are essay-based, so a love of reading and writing is essential.
Sociology opens doors to a range of careers including teaching, law, social work, journalism, civil service and the police.
A Level Sociology goes well with other social science/humanities subjects including; Psychology, Criminology, History, Government and Politics and Religious Studies.

100% Examination

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Families and Households with Research Methods

We will examine the role of the family, changing family patterns, family diversity and the life course, families and social policy, childhood and relationships within the family and sociological theories of the family.  We will also examine research methods used by sociologists

Education with Research Methods

We will study sociological theories of education, the role and purpose of education, processes within school, differential educational achievement, class, gender, ethnicity, educational policy and research methods in the context of education

Beliefs in Society

We will investigate theories of religion, ideologies of science, religion and social change, whether or not there has been a decline of religion, postmodernity and beliefs, religion in a global context, religious organisations, movements and members and social patterns of belief and participation.

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

We will analyse functionalist, strain and subcultural theories of crime and deviance, Labelling theory, Marxist theories of crime and deviance, Realist theories of crime and deviance, class, gender and ethnicity, the media and crime, globalisation, green crime, human rights and state crimes, control, punishment and victims, suicide, research methods and theory in context and how sociologists investigate and explain crime.

In year two we will also revisit sociological theory and methods.  The complete specification, together with past exam papers, can be seen on the AQA website. www.aqa.org.uk

Departmental Enrichment

The department offers lunchtime ‘surgeries’ and intensive revision sessions as well as lots of additional help in-between lessons and by email.

The department organises talks from Sociology professors to take the learning beyond the classroom. This year, speakers include Prof Steve Tombs on corporate crime and Prof Simon Winlow on the night-time economy, masculinity and crime.

The Sociology department at Wyke Sixth Form College

The department uses 3 classrooms that are equipped to the highest standards. In addition, the department makes good use of the college’s excellent IT facilities as part of an Accelerated Learning teaching strategy that seeks to support all learning styles.

The department makes wide ranging use of interactive on-line and textbook resources to facilitate independent learning and promotes a structured programme of Assessment for Learning leading to Individual Learning Plans for students.

Sociology teachers are highly qualified and experienced practitioners who ensure opportunities are available to enhance learning, develop skills and confidence in the classroom.

The Sociology department values a close relationship with students, tutors and parents. It provides ‘surgeries’ during lunchtimes and ‘twilight sessions’ to support all levels of learner.

What can I do now that would help prepare me for this course?

The start of the A Level course is always challenging, but you will find these tasks aid the transition from GCSE.

  • Keep up to date with the news media; written and broadcast.
  • Visit A Level Sociology websites and try out the activities and reading available e.g. Sociology is Exchange and Sociology Central.
  • Complete the activities on Families & Households available online at www.sociology.uk.net, the website for the textbook used in the Sociology Department. This will prepare you for the first unit of study at A level.

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