GCE Sociology at Queen Elizabeth's Academy
Sociology is the study of society and the problems that exist within it. Studying Sociology will illuminate the world in which you live, and you will gain a greater understanding of human behaviour. Sociology is an academic subject but your own experience is relevant to the course.
AS Sociology includes an examination of families and households. Among the questions asked are:
- What is the family?
- What role does the family play in society?
- How have families changed over time?
- Does the family support the interests of men at the expense of women?
- Is childhood a cultural creation?
We will look at education. Among the issues discussed are:
- Who succeeds in education and why?
- Why do over 50% of places at Oxford and Cambridge go to candidates from public Academy’s?
- Should parental choice of Academy’s be encouraged?
- Who has the most influence on achievement - parents, teachers or friends?
If you study the full A-level you will also examine the role religion plays in society. You will discuss the following questions:
- Is religion a declining force in society?
- Does religion encourage harmony or conflict?
- Who joins cults or sects?
You will look at crime and criminals and ask:
- Is there such a thing as the typical criminal?
- Why do people break the law?
- Who makes the law and who benefits?
- Is crime increasing?
Teaching and Learning
Learning takes place through a variety of methods such as class discussions, debates and small group activities. You will be provided with a complete set of structured notes but your own experience and knowledge of social life are also important.
You will find this course useful to move on to Higher Education and/or employment, especially in careers such as teaching, personnel management, social work, police, and law.
At AS, candidates studying this specification will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.
The AS specification has 2 units:
Unit 1: Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and We
- Culture and Identity
- Families and Households
- Wealth, Poverty and Welfare.
- Sociological Methods.
Written Paper: 2 hours
Weighting: 60% of total AS / 30% of total A Level marks
Candidates choose one topic (Education or Health) and answer:
(a) one question on the chosen topic. This question consists of four parts
(b) one question on sociological research methods in the context of the chosen topic. This question consists of one part.
In addition, candidates answer one question on free-standing research methods. This question consists of four parts.
At A2, candidates will continue to focus on contemporary society but they should demonstrate a wider range and greater depth of knowledge and understanding and more highly developed skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
The A2 specification has 2 units:
Unit 3: Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics
- Beliefs in Society
- Global Development
- Mass Media
- Power and Politics.
Written Paper: 1 hour 30 minutes
Weighting: 20% of total A Level marks
Candidates choose one topic from four and answer one compulsory question and one question from a choice of two. The compulsory question consists of either two or three parts and the optional question consists of one essay.
Unit 4: Crime and Deviance; Stratification and Differentiation; Theory and Methods
- Crime and Deviance
- Stratification and Differentiation
- Theory and Methods.
Written Paper: 2 hours
30% of total A Level marks
Candidates choose one topic (Crime and Deviance or Stratification and Differentiation) and answer:
(a) one question on the chosen topic. This question consists of two parts.
(b) one question on sociological research methods in the context of the chosen topic. This question consists of two parts.
In addition, candidates answer one question on theory and methods. This question consists of one essay.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Academy directly.