Sociology AS and A Level at Park House School
Have you ever considered how you might act if you had been brought up by somebody else? For example, what language would you speak? How would you act around others? Have you ever wondered why religion is less important today? Have you ever thought about what the ‘average’ criminal looks like? If the answer to all of these is yes, then Sociology may be the subject for you. Studying Sociology will give you an understanding of your own and other people’s behaviour. It investigates contemporary British society and analyses the roles that various institutions have in shaping our culture and beliefs. Because the subject matter is our society and our own behaviour, Sociology proves to be popular at both AS and A Level. Throughout the course students have the opportunity to develop skills that are highly valued within higher education and employment.
AS Course Summary
All students will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. Students will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.
Unit 1 40% of AS / 20% of A Level
Culture and Identity
Families and Households
Wealth, Poverty and Welfare.
Written Paper – 1 hour. Students choose one topic from three and answer one question. Each question consists of five parts.
Unit 2 60% of AS / 30% of A Level
Written Paper – 2 hours. Students 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, students answer one question on free-standing research methods. This question consists of four parts.
A2 Course Summary
Students 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.
Unit 3 20% of A Level
Beliefs in Society
Power and Politics.
Written Paper – 11/2 hours. Students choose one topic from four and answer one compulsory 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 30% of A Level
Crime and Deviance
Stratification and Differentiation
Theory and Methods.
Written Paper – 2 hours. Students 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, students answer one question on theory and methods consisting of one essay.
A grade B is required in an essay based GCSE (e.g. History, Geography, English)
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park House School directly.