Sociology

Key Stage 5 Sociology

Exam Board and Specification

AQA Sociology (7192)

Grades are awarded based on 3 exams at the end of Year 13, each lasting 2 hours. They are marked out of 80 each and all contribute equally to the final grade. Paper 1 covers Education with Theory and Methods, Paper 2 is called Topics in Sociology and covers Culture and Identity and Belief, Paper 3 covers Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

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Topics/Skills Taught

Exam technique is developed throughout the two years.

Year 12

Culture and Identity

  • Types of culture
  • Socialisation
  • The Self, Identity and Difference
  • Impacts on Leisure choices

Education

  • Functions of Education
  • Differential Educational Achievement
  • Processes in schools.
  • Education Policy

Research Methods

  • Research design
  • Types of data
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
  • Practical, Ethical and Theoretical issues

Year 13

Crime and Deviance

  • Social construction of crime and deviance
  • Social distribution of crime
  • Globalisation and crime
  • Theories of crime
  • Control of crime

Belief

  • Ideology, science and religion
  • The functions of religion
  • Religion as a cause of change
  • Types of religious groups
  • Differing levels of religiosity

Theory

  • Key Sociological Theories
  • Positivism v Interpretivism
  • Is Sociology a science?
  • Objectivity and value freedom
  • Social Policy

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

In Year 13 Students are offered the opportunity to attend a University style conference on Criminology.