Sociology

Qualification 

  • A Level

Examination Board  

  • AQA 

Course Structure and Assessment Make up

Sociology is the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society and is a very popular subject at Knights Academy. In Year 12 students study the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and class structure. This includes examining different educational achievement of social groups such as class, gender and ethnicity. Additionally students study the family relationships such as changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce and childbearing. In Year 13 students then study the topic of crime and deviance. This includes examining the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class as well as studying control, surveillance, prevention and punishment. Alongside this the topic of beliefs in society is studied. This includes looking at sociological explanations of ideology, religion, cults, sects, denominations, ideology and science. Alongside this sociological topics, students study sociological research methods such as the use of questionnaires, interviews, experiments and observation. The A Level is assessed through three exams of equal weight in the Summer of Year 13. Although many of our students go on to study Sociology or Criminology at university it is also excellent preparation for students interested in a career in law or business.
 
 Year 12

Education

 

• the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure 

• differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society 

• relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning 

• the significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.

 

Families

• the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies 

• changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course, including the sociology of personal life, and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures 

• gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family in contemporary society 

• the nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society 

• demographic trends in the United Kingdom since 1900: birth rates, death rates, family size, life expectancy, ageing population, and migration and globalisation.

 


Year 13

Crime and Deviance 

• crime, deviance, social order and social control 

• the social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime 

• globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes 

• crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.
 
Beliefs in society

• ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and nonChristian religious traditions 

• the relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations 

• religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice 

• the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices 

• the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context, and globalisation and the spread of religions