Sociology at AS/A2

Introduction to A-Level Sociology

People Talking

We aim to adopt a variety of teaching strategies throughout the course. Discussion work is an important feature of lesson time and one of the aims of the course is to encourage you to express your views and interpretations of the issues orally and in written work.

The course follows the AQA specifications – for a full guide click here for link to AQA

General aims:

Candidates will be enabled to:

Two themes will run through the course:

At AS level students will study 2 units:

At A2 level students will study another 2 units:

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AS-Level Sociology (Year 1)

Unit 1 SCLY1 Families and Households – 40% of AS level, 20% of A level.

Simpsons

This is assessed with a 1 hour written paper (60 marks), in January.


Unit 2 SCLY2– Education with Research Methods - 60% of AS, 30% of A Level

Education

Sociological Methods

This is assessed with a 2 hour written paper (90 marks) in June. Candidates answer one question on education, one question on sociological research methods in context and one question on research methods.

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A2-Level Sociology (Year 2)

Unit 3 – SCLY3 Beliefs in Society - 20% of A Level.

Religions

This is assessed with a 1 hour 30 minutes written paper (60 marks) in January. Candidates answer one compulsory question and one question from a choice of two.

Unit 4 – SCLY4 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods - 30% of A Level

Crime and Deviance

Police

Theory and Methods

In addition to the research methods taught at AS level, A2 candidates should also:

Furthermore, A2 candidates should examine:

This is assessed with a 2 hour written paper (90 marks) in June. Candidates answer one question on crime and deviance, one question on sociological research methods in context and one question on theory and methods.

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