King James' School

Sociology

Sociology

What’s it all about? 

This course helps you to gain a critical understanding of the society in which you live. You learn how society shapes people´s ideas, social behaviour and cultures. 

Sociology addresses the most challenging issues of our time.  It is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour. Since all human behaviour is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious cults; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture; and from the sociology of work to the sociology of sports. In fact, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and application of knowledge. 

In addition to the subject content the course will enable students to develop a series of key and critical skills that are transferable.  In particular the course will give students the opportunity to think critically about the world in which they live and to become independent learners. 

Exam and Assessment Information: 

AQA 

AS LEVEL

Paper 1 - Exam 50% - Education with Methods in Context

Education - How different factors can influence educational achievement.

Methods in Context - How Sociologists can use a range of research methods to explore education.                   

In addition you will study research methods; the ways in which social scientists study the social world using interviews, questionnaires, observations and social experiments. 

Paper 2 - Exam 50% - Research Methods and Topics in Sociology.

SECTION A - Research methods compulsory

How Sociologists can use a range of research methods to key topics.

SECTION B One from Topics in Sociology

Decision will be made by KJS Sociology team.

Culture and Identities; Families and Households; Health; Work, Poverty and Welfare 

A LEVEL 

Paper 1 - Exam 33.3% Education with Theory and Methods

Education with Theory and Methods - Why do some students succeed and others fail in Education?

Methods in Context - How Sociologists can use a range of research methods to explore education.  

 Paper 2 - Exam 33.3% Topics in Sociology

Decision will be made by KJS Sociology team.

Section A: one from option 1:

Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Health; Work, Poverty and Welfare

Section B: one from option 2:

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

Paper 3 - Exam 33.3% Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Crime and Deviance - Explores crime in society including the causes and effects of crime on individuals and society as a whole.

Theory and Methods.

To get started: 

Grade C or above in GCSE English Language would be an advantage because A level Sociology is an exam essay based subject and will require you to write extended exam answers. Additionally an interest in current affairs, people and society would be of benefit and a natural curiosity to explore the structure of UK society.

What next? 

Sociology provides an excellent basis to go on and study a range of subjects such as social sciences, history, humanities, politics, geography, psychology at university.  It also offers a sound basis for many career paths including law, politics, criminology (including police work and probation), social research, youth work, social work, nursing and teaching, to name but a few.

Our students say … 

“It’s interesting to see the reasons behind patterns in society instead of just seeing the effects.”  Robyn Mason 

“The study Sociology has allowed me to further my knowledge of theories and ideas that have aided me in my other A level subjects.”  Rosie Dyer

Sociology