It's often said that the function of sociology is to reveal that which is hidden; why do people behave the way they do? What governs our everyday interactions and what drives social change? If you're fascinated by questions like these, then look no further than AQA A-level Sociology.
As a cornerstone of social science, sociology overlaps several unique disciplines that study society, such as economics, psychology and political science. A-level Sociology provides a range of essential, transferable skills including analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking and research. This A-level Sociology course can prepare you for a successful career in many areas such as marketing, law, community work, and is great for higher education.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Integral elements of sociology
In the opening unit of A-level Sociology, you’ll begin by looking at some of the most important sociological theories, perspectives and methods. Then, you’ll study socialisation, culture and identity, focusing on topics such as primary and secondary socialisation. Moving on, you’ll discover the key terms that define how we identify ourselves individually and socially.
Unit 2 - Education with methods in context
Now, you’ll discover why sociologists are interested in education, taking a close look at how educational institutions are structured, how education plays a part in socialisation and how aspects of education can be impacted by factors such as class structure and the economy.
Unit 3 - Families and households
Moving on, you’ll take a look at the definitions of different types of families, such as nuclear and blended. You’ll discover the reasons for family diversity and how social policy can play a role in family life. Next, you’ll study some theoretical approaches to family structure, examining perspectives such as Marxism and feminism. You’ll also take a look at the nature of childhood and how this has been affected by changing demographic trends.
Unit 4 - Theories and methods
Sociologists provide insights into the social world by conducting research. To conduct research, they need to use a vast array of research methods. Conducting research enables Sociologists to produce more in-depth and credible knowledge about the social world we live in. This knowledge is founded on evidence-based research and extends further than personal opinions. This module will give you a detailed insight into research methods, as well as different types of data.
Unit 5 - The media
Next, you’ll be examining the role of the media in contemporary society, as well as the relationship between ownership and control of the media. You’ll examine globalisation, popular culture and the role the media plays in both, as well as representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability.
Unit 6 - Crime and deviance
Here, you’ll study crime, deviance, social order and social control. You’ll take a look at the social distribution of criminal behaviour by ethnicity, gender and social class, examining trends and patterns. You’ll study crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, along with the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.
Unit 7 - Preparing for exam papers
Finally, you’ll recap your knowledge and make sure you’re fully prepared for your exams. You’ll also complete three practice papers.
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Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: AQA A-level Sociology, issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
This syllabus (7192) has been chosen specifically by Oxbridge it is the best suited to online learning and we believe it provides the best chance of success.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for AQA Sociology A-level examinations from Summer 2023.
You will be required to complete the three written exams:
- Paper 1: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks.
- Paper 2: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks.
- Paper 3: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks.
A GCSE or equivalent in English, history is recommended before starting this course. This A-level Sociology syllabus is a difficulty level three: an A-level or BTEC equivalent difficulty, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.