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Sociology A Level at The National CofE Academy

Course description

Welcome to Sociology which is studied for A level at the National Academy.  At AS, students will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. They will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world. At A2, students will continue to focus on contemporary society but they will  be taught to demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding and more highly developed skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation. Lessons are designed to be thought provoking and deal with engaging topics such as the Family, Education, Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance. They include debate, role play and sociological investigations.

Course content

Sociology in Year 12 AQA

AS Unit 1: Families and Households

  • The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change.
  • Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, child-bearing and the life-course and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures.
  • The nature and extent of changes in the family, with reference to gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships.
  • The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society
  • Demographic trends in the UK since 1900; reasons for changes in birth rates, death rates and family size.

Written paper: 1 hour (40% AS/20% A2)

AS Unit 2: Education with Research Methods  

  • The role and purpose of education, including vocational education and training in contemporary society.
  • Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society.
  • Relationships and processes within schools.
  • The significance of educational policies for an understanding of the experience of education.
  • The application of research methods to the study of education (methods of data collection, sources of data, distinctions between primary and secondary data, the relationship between theory and methods and factors influencing the conduct of research).

Written paper:  2 hours (60%AS/30% A2)

Sociology in Year 13

A2 Unit3: Beliefs in Society

  • Different theories of ideology, science and religion including Christian and non-Christian religious traditions.
  • The relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability.
  • Religious organisations including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements.
  • The relationship between different social groups and religious organisations.
  • The significance of religion in the contemporary world including the extent of secularisation.

Written paper: 1 hours 30 minutes (20% A2)

A2 Unit 4: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • Different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control
  • The social distribution of crime and deviance by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class
  • Globalisation and crime to include the mass media, green crime, human rights and state crimes.
  • Crime control, prevention and punishment, victims and the role of the criminal justice system.
  • The sociological study of suicide linked to theory and methods.
  • The connections between Theory and Methods and the study of crime and deviance.
  • In-depth study of Theory and Methods to include all methods, theories of society, their application and debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom.

Written paper 2 hours (30% A2)


Exam for each unit.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The National CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years