A-Level Sociology (AQA 7192)

What does this course involve?

Sociology is the study of society and of people and their behaviour. A level sociology includes a range of topics such as Families and Households, Education, Crime and Deviance and Beliefs in Society. In studying these topics, sociologists create theories that seek to explain human behaviour and the workings of society. These theories often develop from various perspectives such as Functionalist, Marxist or Feminist. Sociology is an evidence-based subject, which means it is not simply based on personal opinion, but methodically collected evidence. Research can be carried out in a number of different ways, for example interviews, questionnaires, observations and secondary sources. If you are interested in current affairs, politics and social issues, then Sociology is the subject for you.

How is this course assessed?

Education Unit
Consists of various topics – the role of religion in society from all major perspectives, analysing class, gender and ethnic differences in achievement, exploring education policies and their impact on inequality.

Beliefs in Society Unit
This looks at various theories on the role of religion in society, the role of religion in social change, the process of secularisation, global religion and religious organisations.

Families and Households Unit
The Families and Households unit considers the changing nature of families, childhood, theories of the family, demography, family diversity and social policies that affect families.

Crime and Deviance Unit
Topics include functionalist, strain and subcultural theories; class, power and crime, realist theories of crime; gender, ethnicity and crime; crime and the media; global crime and control and punishment.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods: 2 hour written exam.

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology: 2 hour written exam.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods:
2 hour written exam.