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Stafford Manor High School Sociology A Level AQA (Block A) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

A level Sociology is a two year linear course concluding with three two hours papers. The course will review topics that are pertinent to the study of sociology and contemporary society.  Students must study the following two core themes: socialisation, culture and identity plus social differentiation, power and stratification.  These are incorporated into the topics studied so are not discrete subjects. 

Course content

Unit (Paper) 1:

Compulsory content; Education with Theory and Methods.  This Paper looks at the underpinning theories that inform the study of sociology, the research methods used by sociology to gather data and key issues in the sociology of education.

 

Unit (Paper) 2:

Optional Topics in Sociology

The Centre will look at

Option 1               Families and Households.  This option reviews family life in contemporary society for example, gender roles within households.

Option 2               Beliefs in Society.  This options looks at looks at a range of belief systems that are used by individuals and groups to make sense of everyday life,

 

Unit 3 (Paper) 3:

Compulsory content; Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.  This Paper looks at the underpinning theories that inform the study of sociology, the research methods used by sociology to gather data and key issues in the sociology of crime and deviance.

Entry requirements

The standard entry criteria to study in the sixth form is an 9-4 or A*-C in at least seven different subjects, including mathematics which would usually be at grade 4 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).

Assessment

Paper 1

A two hour written exam             80 marks              33.3% of A level

Education:  Short answers and extended writing, 50 marks

Methods in Context:  extended writing, 20 marks

Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks

Paper 2                

A two hour written exam             80 marks              33.3% of A level

Section A:  extended writing, 40 marks

Section B:  extended writing, 40 marks

Paper 3

A two hour written exam             80 marks              33.3% of A level

Crime and Deviance:  short answers and extended writing, 50 marks

Theory and Methods: extended writing, 30 marks

 

 

Financial information

Students are advised to buy a personal text book. Prices vary depending where it is purchased.  Student are required to have an A4 ring binder for class notes, handouts etc.  Trips to conferences and the local Crown Courts are offered to students whenever possible.

Future opportunities

Students can progress to university courses in a variety of subjects Sociology and Criminology are but two.  A knowledge of society can form the basis of seemingly unrelated subjects such as, teaching, nursing, midwifery, politics and law.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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