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AS and A Level Sociology at Wetherby High School

Course description

A-level Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods. It is designed to encourage students to demonstrate the application of a range of skills and consider the integration of sociological themes.

The specification provides a smooth transition from GCSE Sociology, although this is not a requirement for studying AS or A-level Sociology. The specification also lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education.

Course content

AS Unit Overview

Firstly in the topic of Education students will cover a variety of factors which affect educational achievement from external factors to internal factors, they will also look at gender and ethnicity and how these factors affect achievement as well as the role of education in society along with educational policies and inequality. After having looked at Education students will move onto Research methods which will focus on how sociologists conduct their research and the different methods they use and why. Students will then be able to apply this knowledge to the topic of Education to gain a deeper insight into the study of education. Finally students will look at the family as an institution integral to the function of society. Students will cover a broad variety of sub topic within this area from childhood to demography.

A2 Unit Overview


Students will firstly look at Crime and deviance which will cover different sociological theories on crime from functionalist to feminist theories through to crime in the media and control and punishment. To name but a few. Students will then go on to look at Beliefs in Society which unpicks the role of religion in society. Students will question whether religion acts as a form of stability or conflict and also whether religion is losing its influence on modern day society as we know it whilst considering the resurgence of alternative forms of worship. Finally students will look at Theory and methods again which will be made applicable to the context of Education which they will have prior knowledge of at AS level. Theory and methods will look at sociology in its own context and a students will address issues such as is sociology as science? However in the exam students will have to apply this knowledge of theory and methods in context to the topic of Education.


AS Assessment Overview

In the first year all students will study the following core topics.

·         Education and methods in context

·         Research methods

·         Families and Households

These topics are split into two components as follows;

Component one – Education and methods in context which is a written exam at 1 hour 30 minutes and comprises of 50% of the AS qualification.

Component two – Research methods and families and households which is also a written exam at 1 hour 30 minutes and comprises of the remaining 50% of AS qualification.

A2 Assessment Overview

Students will study the following topics;

·         Crime and deviance

·         Theory and methods

·         Beliefs in society

Students will be assessed as follows:

Component one – Education with Theory and methods in context (2 hour written exam) comprises of one third of A-Level

Component two – Families and households and Beliefs in Society (2 hour written exam) comprises of one third of A-Level

Component three – Crime and deviance (2 hour written exam) comprises of one third of A-Level


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Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year and A Level 2 years
  • Course code: AQA 7191

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