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Skegness Academy


Key Stage 5 - A Level Sociology

What we will study?

Sociology is about human social behaviour, why people behave as they do and what things influence and affect their lives. It is about how people organise themselves into groups and are able to control the behaviour of their members and sometimes control the behaviour of others.

You will study the main themes of culture and identity, power, social class, gender and ethnicity and consider how they affect an individual or group’s life chances. You will also develop a sophisticated knowledge and understanding of the major sociological theories underpinning research and the specific research models employed by sociologists.

AS Assessment (7191, AQA)

Paper 1 – Education with Methods in Context

Paper 2 – Research Methods and Topics in Sociology (Families and Households)

A Level Assessment (7192, AQA)

Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods (Education;Methods in Context; Theory and Methods).

Paper 2 -  Families and Households (Section A; Beliefs in Society (Section B).

Paper 3 - Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (Crime and Deviance; Theory and Methods).

How you will be assessed

AS assessment (7191): there are two examinations taken at the end of Year 12. This will give students the AS qualification. Those who continue to study A-level will do 3 examinations at the end of Year 13 covering all content over the two year course.

A Level assessment (7192) there are three examinations taken at the end of Year 13 which count for 100% of the total A-level. Grades and marks achieved in Year 12 are not counted.

Examination board: AQA.

Entry requirements: Students will need a minimum grade 5 GCSE English.

Students will be assessed through examination only.

Who should do this course

This course is ideal for students considering going on to further education at university. It will help students develop analytical and evaluative skills and help students write essays in a logical and coherent manner.

Where can the course lead

Sociology prepares students for many careers and Higher Education courses, such as human resource management, social work, marketing, nursing, journalism, law, teaching, the police, the media, personnel, probation and advertising.  There are also a wide variety of opportunities in all aspects of social research such as youth services, criminal justice system, ethnic minority rights and the leisure industry.  As a Social Science, Sociology compliments other areas of study such as Law, English Literature and Health and Social Care.