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SOCIOLOGY

Summary

Sociology is an interesting and dynamic subject which investigates the way society and its key institutions are organised. Sociology is the one social science to equip you with the knowledge and understanding of people and their role in contemporary culture. It examines how an individual’s experience can be shaped by factors such as wealth, gender and ethnicity. Sociology is not just about Britain, we also analyse a range of global issues such as global crime, state crime and how globalisation is shaping our lives.  Sociologists engage in research to test their theories and explain the way our society is organised.  

Course Information

During the course, you will be assessed on the basis of exam-style assessments that combine both short-answer questions and essays. 

Paper 1 - Education with Theory and Methods 

  • Two hour written exam worth 80 marks - 33.3% of A level 
  • Education: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks 
  • Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks 
  • Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks 

 

Paper 2 - Families and Households; Beliefs in Society 

  • Two hour written exam worth 80 marks - 33.3% of A level 
  • Section A - Families and Households - extended writing, 40 marks 
  • Section B - Beliefs in Society - extended writing, 40 marks 

  

Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 

  • Two hour written exam worth 80 marks - 33.3% of A level 
  • Crime and Deviance: short-answer and extended writing, 50 marks 
  • Theory and Methods: short-answer and extended writing, 30 marks 

Entry Criteria

GCSE Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature