Ms N Cooper
Sociology is the ‘study of society’ and it is a very popular GCSE and A Level at the school. The term ‘society’ refers to the world around you, your community, your country, and all the different people and groups that exist, with their different cultures, beliefs, values, languages, religions etc.
It gives students the chance to study and understand why things are the way they are, and why people behave in certain ways. Examples of issues that students look at include: Why do some people commit crime? Why do girls do much better at school than boys? Why are we seeing an increase in divorce and a decrease in people getting married? Why is there so much inequality and poverty in the country?
Sociology gives students with an interest in social issues, social justice and current affairs the opportunity to gain a valuable understanding and insight into how society works and how the structures and processes in society, inevitably shape who we are, how we behave and many other aspects of our lives and life chances. Students develop an understanding of how individuals, groups, institutions and societies are interdependent; the way in which they cooperate and conflict with each other, and the potential causes for the social differences between individuals. Students are encouraged to think critically and analytically, and to make informed judgements and arguments based on evidence and theories. Students are asked to reflect on their own experiences of the world in which they live and to develop an increased awareness and understanding of the world they live in and role they play in it.
GCSE Sociology (Years 10 and 11) (EXAM BOARD: AQA)
Sociology (4190) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/specification-4190
At GCSE, students follow the AQA syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a wide range of topics and issues within sociology. It provides students will an excellent foundation of sociological knowledge which they can then build on at A Level and beyond if they chose to continue with the subject.
The topics that students cover at GCSE are:
- Introduction to Sociology / What is society? And Research Methods
- Crime and deviance
- Social inequality and poverty
This subject suits students that enjoy English and written based subjects. The course requires students to complete extended writing and essay tasks, as well as independent research, so being comfortable reading and writing is essential. An interest in current issues and an ability to discuss these and consider other viewpoints is also beneficial.
Students will take 2 papers at the end of year 11, 1.5 hours each.
Revision Guides available in resources section
Results GCSE 2016 96% A*-C, 56% A*/A. Progress * +0.9
A Level Sociology (Years 12 and 13) (EXAM BOARD: AQA)
Students follow the AQA syllabus which offers them the opportunity to study a range of topics and issues within sociology. It provides students with a strong base of sociological knowledge, which they can then develop further at degree level if they chose to study sociology at university.
The topics that students cover at A level are
- Education and Research methods
- Crime and deviance with Sociology theory and Methods
The course requires students to complete extended writing and essay tasks, as well as independent research, so being comfortable reading and assimilating information is essential, as well as being able to express their ideas and communicate well in writing. Students will be expected to have an interest in current issues and be willing to discuss these. They will be taught to think critically and analytically.
Currently students are examined at the end of year 13- 3 Papers 2 hours each.
Useful Websites and Resources
Course textbooks: ‘AQA A level Sociology Book one by Trobe, K, Westergaard, H, Webb etc
‘AQA A level Sociology Book two by Trobe, K, Westergaard, H, Webb etc
GCSE Revision book – GCSE Sociology for AQA: Revision Guide and Exam Practice Workbook (Collins GCSE Revision) by Pauline Wilson (Author)
GCSE REVISION GUIDES