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sociology

Sociology is the systematic approach to thinking about, studying, and understanding society, human social behaviour and social groups.

 

Studying Sociology offers an insight into the people and the world around us. If you find yourself thinking about why the world is the way it is, then Sociology will have something to say to you. Sociology enables you to understand and reflect upon events that are going on around you all of the time; encouraging you to question common sense assumptions about the world, and find out what some of the great thinkers of society have to say about it.

 

The world in which we live is rapidly changing; it causes us to be inquisitive about how our lives will evolve and what future challenges we will face as a society. Sociology enables us to reflect upon events that are going on around us; encouraging discussion of common-sense assumptions about the world. Sociology develops our understanding of how British values and policies have shaped our lives. For instance, in our local surroundings, there is a vast range of policies and plans that Halton Borough Council have designed to support and improve lives.

 

Sociology develops skills including communication, analysis of evidence and evaluation. These aptitudes support our students to flourish in their future careers and lives. Sociology nurtures a sincere desire, determination and resilience to make real positive changes in the world. This is important as, after all, our students are the next generation who can create a harmonies and prosperous society.

 

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to sociology. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of society and sociological research. This will allow students to understand society’s structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and extremely relevant to students’ lives.

 

To achieve a Sociology GCSE qualification students’ take two one-hour and 45-minute written exams at the end of Year 11, both worth 50% of the overall grade. The exams include multiple choice questions and a range of short and extended writing.

 

Paper 1 The sociology of families and education (including relevant areas of social theory and methodology)

  1. The sociology of families (What is the role of the family? How has family life changed over time?)
  2. The sociology of education (What is the role and function of education? Why are there achievement differences in different social groups? What factors can affect achievement in and outside of school?)
  3. Relevant areas of social theory and methodology (How do sociologists conduct research and analyse data? What factors need to be considered when collecting data?)

 

 

Paper 2 The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification (including relevant areas of social theory and methodology)

  1. The sociology of crime and deviance (Why do people commit crime? Why are certain social groups more likely to commit a crime? What are the different types of crime? How can we control crime?)
  2. The sociology of social stratification (What are the different social groups in society? Why are people categorised? What factors affect life chances? Why do some people experience poverty whilst others people have power and authority?)
  3. Relevant areas of social theory and methodology (How do sociologists conduct research and analyse data? What factors need to be considered when collecting data?)

 

To review how the topics above are taught across the two-year GCSE course please download the Curriculum Map document at the bottom of this page.

 

We teach A Level Sociology at OBA, which would further advance understanding of Sociology. Sociology is a broad subject and can relate to a variety of degree courses and careers.  You can go on to study Sociology as a standalone subject at degree level or in combination with other subjects as a joint honours degree. Careers include journalism, legal professions, social work, teaching, nursing, marketing, public relations, social research, policy-making, civil service, market research and even politics to name but a few.

Links to course specification:

 https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/sociology/specifications/AQA-8192-SP-2017.PDF

https://www.tutor2u.net/sociology/store/selections/aqa-gcse-sociology-teaching-revision-resources

www.britsoc.co.uk

 

 

 

AQA A Level Sociology  

Sociology is the systematic approach to thinking about, studying, and understanding society, human social behaviour and social groups.

 

Studying Sociology offers an insight into the people and the world around us. If you find yourself thinking about why the world is the way it is, then Sociology will have something to say to you. Sociology enables you to understand and reflect upon events that are going on around you all of the time; encouraging you to question common sense assumptions about the world, and find out what some of the great thinkers of society have to say about it.

 

The world in which we live is rapidly changing; it causes us to be inquisitive about how our lives will evolve and what future challenges we will face as a society. Sociology enables us to reflect upon events that are going on around us; encouraging discussion of common-sense assumptions about the world. Sociology develops our understanding of how British values and policies have shaped our lives. For instance, in our local surroundings, there is a vast range of policies and plans that Halton Borough Council have designed to support and improve lives.

 

Sociology transforms current skills into advanced A Level capability. We enhance analytical, critical argument, communication and independent research skills; as we discuss current and engaging real-world dilemmas. As a result, students become very supportive lead learners who thrive working independently and with peers. Opportunities to undertake new ventures by planning projects investigating individuals and society creates initiative, with staff support readily available if needed. These aptitudes support our students to flourish in their future careers and lives. Sociology nurtures a sincere desire, determination and resilience to make real positive changes in the world. This is important as, after all, our students are the next generation who can create a harmonies and prosperous society.

 

This qualification offers an engaging and effective insight in to Sociology. Students will develop knowledge and understanding of society and sociological research. This will allow students to understand society’s structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and extremely relevant to students’ lives.

 

To achieve an A Level Sociology qualification students take three 2-hour written exams at the end of the second year, all worth 33.3% of the overall grade. The exams includes short answer and extended writing.

 

Paper 1 Education with Theory and Methods

1. Education: What factors have an impact on the educational opportunities and success of young people? Learn about the role and functions of education, educational achievement, relationships and processes within schools, educational policies.

2. Methods in Context: Application of sociological research to education.

3. Theory and Methods: Research theory and methodology in sociology.

 

Paper 2 Topics in Sociology

1. Families and Households: How does family life affect society? Learn about family in society, changing patterns of the family, gender roles, childhood, demographic trends.

2. Beliefs: How do the beliefs people hold affect society? Learn about science and religion, religion and social change/stability, religious organisations, relationships between social groups, significance of religion in the contemporary world.

 

Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

1. Crime and Deviance: How does crime shape society? Learn about crime, deviance, social order and control, the social distribution of crime, globalisation and crime, crime control.

2. Theory and Methods: Research methodology in sociology.

 

To review how the topics above are taught across the two-year A Level course please download the Curriculum Map document at the bottom of this page.

 

Sociology is a broad subject and can relate to a variety of degree courses and careers.  You can go on to study Sociology as a standalone subject at degree level or in combination with other subjects as a joint honours degree. Careers include journalism, legal professions, social work, teaching, nursing, marketing, public relations, social research, policy-making, civil service, market research and even politics to name but a few.

Links to course specification:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192

Useful revision/information websites:

https://www.youtube.com/user/TheTEACHERSOCIOLOGY

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCe83jLdZ3PuqVwAHe6B3U2A/playlists?view=50&sort=dd&shelf_id=11

https://www.tutor2u.net/sociology

https://revisesociology.com/

http://www.s-cool.co.uk/a-level/sociology/introduction/

www.britsoc.co.uk

http://scholar.google.co.uk/