AS Level Sociology · AQA (legacy)
Week 1: Monday 28 March – Friday 1 April
Week 2: Monday 4 – Friday 8 April
Week 3: Monday 11 – Friday 15 April
Length of Course
9am to 1pm daily
Students are required to sit two compulsory units in order to achieve the AS qualification. The topics to be covered will be based on demand on a first come - first served basis. Sufficient material will be covered in the revision course while taking into account the needs of individual students. Attention will be focused on the key assessment objectives of the examination and students will be helped to develop both their understanding of the key sociological issues and their examination technique. The topics for revision are listed below.
SCLY1 - Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare
Culture and Identity: Different conceptions of culture; Sources and different conceptions of the self, identity and difference; The relationship of identity to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, nationality, sexuality and social class in contemporary society; Leisure, consumption and identity.
Families and Households: Different conceptions of the relationships of the family to the social structure; Changes in family and household structure; Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and child bearing; The nature and extent of changes within the family including demographic trends.
Wealth, Poverty and Welfare: Different definitions of poverty and wealth and income and their distribution; Different explanations of the existence, persistence and distribution of poverty; Different solutions to poverty; The nature and role of welfare provision.
SCLY2 - Education; Health; Sociological Methods
Education: Different explanations of the role of the educational system and of the different educational achievement of social groups; Relationships and processes within schools.
Health: Health, illness, disability and the body as social and as biological constructs; Social distribution of health and illness in the United Kingdom; Inequalities in the provision of health care in contemporary society and the role of medicine; The sociological study of the nature and social distribution of mental illness.
Sociological Methods: The different quantitative and qualitative methods and sources of data; The distinction between primary and secondary data; The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’; The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic and method of research.
N.B. We will be focusing on these topics only.