AS Level Sociology · AQA
Week 1: 1 April – 5 April
Week 2: 8 April – 12 April
Week 3: 15 April – 19 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.
Education with Methods in Context
Different explanations of the role of the educational system and of the different educational achievement of social groups; education policy and equal opportunities; the structure of the education system; education and social mobility; the application of research methods to investigating issues in education.
The strengths and limitations of 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.
Research Methods and Topics in Sociology
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 roles 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.
Work, 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. the organisation of work, and the impact of globalisation and technology on work processes. unemployment alienation and deskilling of work.
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.
N.B. We will be focusing on these topics only.