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Sociology A Level at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College

Course description

Sociology involves the study of people and their relationship to society. It examines how individuals’ identities are influenced by families, peer groups, education, the media and religion.

Students taking A level Sociology will acquire the essential knowledge and understanding of the social world we live in! The Sociology Department ensures all students on the course reach their full potential.

Sociology is a subject that encourages critical thinking and urges you to challenge existing ideas. You must be willing to question your own way of thinking in regards to issues such as race and ethnicity, social class, social mobility, education, poverty, crime and social problems, family and religion. You will be reading newspapers and magazines, watching TV shows, keeping up to date with current affairs and discussing them and forming your own views and opinions for discussion in lesson.

Choosing Sociology at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College will also enable you to develop skills for your studies and the future in essay writing, organising and presenting information, and developing arguments!

Course content

Year 1– Education with Research Methods (Paper 1) and Family and Households (Paper 2)

Year 1 Sociology focuses on two major institutions in our society, Family and Education. You will study roles within the family, changes in marriage and divorce as well as the dark side of the family. You will also look at educational achievement of different groups based on social class, gender and ethnicity as well as teacher/student relationships, student subcultures and the hidden curriculum. In addition, you will study sociological research methods and focus on how sociologists gain their data and what ethical, practical and theoretical issues they need to consider.

Year 2- Beliefs in Society (Paper 2) and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (Paper 3)

In Year 2, you will study the relationship between religious beliefs and social change and stability. In addition to this, you will explore religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice. For your final Unit, you will look at different explanations of crime including subcultural and psychological theories, the relationship between deviance, power and social control, explanations of the social distribution of crime and sociological issues surrounding crime within the media.

Entry requirements

Students should have a genuine enthusiasm for current issues in our society and a willingness to challenge themselves. You must be keen to keep up to date with the news and documentaries. Students should be eager to be involved in debates and class discussions on topical issues while listening and respecting other people’s views. You should be organised, hardworking and be able to work well both in groups and independently!


Examination board: AQA

PAPER 1 - Education, Methods in Context and Theory & Methods 4, 6, two 10, 20 and 30 mark questions

80 marks
33.3% of your overall grade

PAPER 2 - Topics in Sociology: Families and Beliefs in Society. Four 10 and two 20 mark questions, 80 marks, 2hrs

33.3% of your overall grade

PAPER 3 - Crime &Deviance

Theory and Methods
4, 6, two 10, 20 and 30 mark questions
80 marks
33.3% of your overall grade

All examinations will be sat in May/June in Year 13

Future opportunities

Sociology lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects at university. Sociology combines well with many subjects like English, Psychology, Law, Politics, Media Studies, Health and Social Care, History and Business Studies is suitable for a range of degree programmes. In addition, it provides a worthwhile course useful for students intending to pursue careers in the fields of Law, Media, Teaching, Social Work, Youth Work, Police, Prison Services and Medicine just to name a few!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saints Peter and Paul Catholic College directly.

Last updated date: 09 March 2017
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