A Level Sociology (Reformed 2015)

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of people in society. We look at the way people are shaped by institutions in Britain and the world. The A level specification focuses on the ideas which explain society and the methods we use to investigate society.

What sort of student does it suit and what will you get out of the course?

Sociology is a complex subject that requires students to take a critical look at society and to be able to evaluate debates about the nature of society and its policy. Students need to have very good literacy skills. Sociology has an extensive vocabulary, and the examinations involve extended writing. Additionally, students need to be aware of the world around them, and to have a questioning approach. There are many debates in sociology, and students who are interested in ideas will enjoy this subject. Sociology also gives an insight into social research.

Sociology combines particularly well with English, Economics, Psychology, Philosophy, Communication Studies, Media, Government and Politics, Law and Theology/Religious Studies, but can combine equally well with science subjects. In terms of careers, sociology leads to many possibilities including academic research, market research, social policy planning, teaching, social work, media, and journalism.

AS Level

MPW approach to AS study

The approach taken in AS Sociology will be to help students develop their skills of analysis and evaluation whilst building up the necessary theoretical knowledge. In keeping with all other subjects at MPW, students will sit weekly Timed Assignments and this will enable to revise what
they have learnt and text their understanding. It is essential that students read ahead and this will make their lessons even more productive.

AS Specification Number
AQA 7191

 

Paper 1:
50% of AS level. 1 hour 30 mins, 60 marks
Education with methods in context
Education: short answer and extended writing - 40 marks
Methods in context: extended writing - 20 marks

Paper 2:
50% of AS level. 1 hour 30 mins, 60 marks
Research methods and topics in sociology
Section A: short answer and extended writing – 20 marks
Section B: short answer and extended writing – 40 marks

Section A topics: Research methods
Section B topics: one topic will be chosen from:
• Culture and Identity,
• Families and Households
• Health
• Work, Poverty and Welfare

Suggested reading list

As this is a new course, the books have not yet been published. The A2 book referred to below will be republished to meet the requirements of the new specification. In its current format, it has been a very comprehensive resource. Nonetheless, it is advisable to wait for the tutor’s advice on which textbooks will be required.

AuthorTitle
Rob Webb et al. A2 Level Sociology: The Complete Course for the AQA Specification (Paperback)
Chapman  AS/A level Sociology Essential Word Dictionary 

 

A Level

MPW approach to A level study

Sessions will be centered on the needs of the students. However, although notes and other written materials will be given to students, students are expected to make notes to reinforce the learning in the lesson. Students will also be expected to read ahead as this course has a heavy workload. Tutoring will emphasize the skills necessary to be successful in the exam, focusing on essay writing skills and strategies for approaching data response questions. Students will be required to produce regular homework and one timed assignment each week. These form an integral part of the teaching strategy in order to assess the extent to which teaching objectives have been achieved. Students will be expected to read any written feedback given, and most importantly, to act upon it.

A level Specification Number
AQA 7192

 

Paper 1:
33.3% of final qualification. 2 hours 80 marks
Education with theory and methods
Education: short answer and extended writing - 50 marks
Methods in context: extended writing - 20 marks
Theory and Methods: extended writing – 10 marks

Paper 2:
33.3% of final qualification. 2 hours 80 marks
Topics in Sociology
Section A: extended writing – 40 marks
Section B: extended writing – 40 marks

Section A topics: one topic will be chosen from:
• Beliefs in society,
• Families and Households,
• Health,
• Work, Poverty and Welfare

Section B topics: one topic will be chosen from:
• Culture and Identity,
• Global Development,
• The Media
• Stratification and Differentiation

Paper 3:
33.3% of final qualification. 2 hours 80 marks
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Crime and Deviance: short answer and extended writing - 50 marks
Theory and Methods: extended writing – 30 marks

Suggested reading list

As this is a new course, the books have not yet been published. The A2 book referred to below will be republished to meet the requirements of the new specification. In its current format, it has been a very comprehensive resource. Nonetheless, it is advisable to wait for the tutor’s advice on which textbooks will be required.

AuthorTitle
Rob Webb et al. A2 Level Sociology: The Complete Course for the AQA Specification (Paperback)
Chapman  AS/A level Sociology Essential Word Dictionary 

For full specification details, consult the exam board’s website on www.aqa.org.uk