Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

EXAMINATION BOARD
AQA

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
• “Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It is a dazzling and compelling enterprise, having as its subject matter our own behaviour as social beings.”(Giddens)
• Sociology is for you if you are interested in the social behaviour of people and how society shapes our identity and experience. We discuss, read and write about sociological questions such as: – Is society fair? Is society harmonious or is it in constant conflict? Why do some people commit crime?

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Grade 4 or above in GCSE English, and an interest in people.

YOU WILL STUDY
YEAR 12
In Year 12 we study two major institutions in society:
• Unit One: Education
• Unit Two: Families and Households

Alongside this, we study the major theoretical perspectives within Sociology including Functionalism, Marxism and
Feminism and the core research methods used by sociologists.

YEAR 13
In Year 13 we study two new areas of society:
• Unit 3: Crime and Deviance
• Unit 4: Religion and Belief.

We continue to study both research methods and sociological theory in Year 13 as well as revisiting the two topics of Year 12.

YOU WILL LEARN TO
• Look at the familiar social world in a new analytical way.
• Develop the ability to build complex and coherent arguments in written form.
• Gain a better understanding of how and why societies function the way they do.
• Identify, interpret and evaluate information and sociological theories.
• If you become a Sociology student you will not be provided with quick answers. What you will discover is how to consider issues for yourself.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There are three exams, taken at the end of Year 13
• Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context and Theory and Methods; 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.
• Paper 2: Families and Households and Beliefs in Society: 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.
• Paper 3: Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods: 2 hours, 33.3% of final grade.

There is no coursework or controlled assessment.

CAREER AND UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
Sociology is an academic subject and is accepted by all top Universities. Sociology is an excellent preparation for Higher Education and for career paths such as Law, the Police, Market Research, Politics, Education, Medicine, Media and Social work.