Sociology

Year 12

Course title: Sociology A Level                       Exam board: AQA                                       Specification code: 7191 7192
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three external exams at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods.  

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and Beliefs in Society)

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

All exams are 2 hours in length and worth 33.3% of the A level marks

Half term Key content – Teacher 1 (NMS) Key content – Teacher 2 (DR)
1 (7 weeks)

Monday 5th Sept-Friday 22nd October

Families and Households Unit   

Topic 1: Marriage, divorce and cohabitation (trends, causes and sociological theoretical views)

Topic 2: Family Diversity (trends, causes and sociological theoretical views)

17th October data Year 12

collection (CWA,PEG and ATL

Education Unit

Topic 1:Class differences in educational achievement (external factors-cultural deprivation, subculture, parental attitudes etc)

Topic 2:Class differences in Achievement (internal factors- setting , streaming , labelling sfp etc)

17th October data Year 12

collection (CWA,PEG and ATL

2 (7 weeks)

Monday 31st October-Friday

Topic 3: Functions of the family (Theories such as Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism and Individualism thesis)

Topic 4: Social Policy (Example of laws, impact on family structures and theoretical perspectives)

9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Topic 2 and

Topic 3 – Role of educational in society

(marxism , functionalism , new right views)9th January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

3 (7 weeks)

Tuesday 3rd January- Friday 17th February

Topic 5: Division of domestic labour (March of progress vs. conflict perspective)

Topic 6: Childhood (Social construction, western notion, globalisation, future of childhood)

Mock Exams 1: Tuesday 31st Jan-Friday 3rd Feb

Topic 4- (Christmas independent study)

Ethnic differences in achievement (external and internal factors including cultural and material deprivation, institutional racism, ethnocentric curriculum )

Mock Exams 1: Tuesday 31st Jan-Friday 3rd Feb

4 (6 weeks)

Monday 27th Feb-Friday 7th April

Topic 7: Demography (Birth rates, death rates, emigration)

Year 12 Data Drop: 27th February (Mock Exam Results)

Year 12 Parents’ Evening: 16th March

Theory and methods unit

Interpretivist vs. Positivist

Factors impacting choice of method

Sampling

PET for different sociological methods such as Participant observation, interviews, statistics, documents, questionnaires and experiments

Methods in context: Education

Mock Exams 2: Monday 15th May-Friday 19th May

Data Drop/Year 12 Reports begin Monday 3rd July – Mock Exam grade 2 to be entered here.

Topic 5 – Gender differences in education (internal and external factors, boys v girls, gender and subject choice,etc)

Year 12 Data Drop: 27th February (Mock Exam Results)

Year 12 Parents’ Evening: 16th March

5 (5 weeks)

Monday 24th April – Friday 26th May)

Topic 6- Education and social policy  (from 1944 – tripartite, comprehensives, marketisation, parentocracy, privatisation, policies to address gender, class, and ethnicity.)
6 (7 weeks)

Monday 5th June-Friday 21st July

Catch up or /and revision of all topics

Year 13

Course title: Sociology A Level                     Exam board: AQA                     Specification code: 7191 7192
How will students be assessed?
Students will sit three external exams at the end of Year 13

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods.  

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and Beliefs in Society)

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

All exams are 2 hours in length and worth 33.3% of the A level marks

 

Half term Key content – Teacher 1 (MS) Key content – Teacher 2 (SLW)
1 (7 weeks)

Monday 5th Sept-Friday 22nd October

Crime and Deviance Unit

Class differences inc Marxism

Realist Theories: Left and Right

Gender and Crime: Trends and Sociological explanations

Beliefs in Society Unit

Introduction to Sociology of Religion

What is Religion? Definitions

Theories of Religion: Functionalism

Theories of Religion: Marxism

Theories of Religion: Feminism

2 (7 weeks)

Monday 31st October-Friday

Ethnicity and crime: Trends and Sociological explanations

Crime and the Media

Globalisation, Green crime, State Crime and Human Rights

Control, punishment and victims

Religious Institutions

Religious Participation

Religion as a conservative force

Religion as a force for change

3 (7 weeks)

Tuesday 3rd January- Friday 17th February

Theory and Methods Unit

Re-cap of Year 12 Methods

Interpretivism vs. Positivism

Consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories

Secularisation: Possible causes

Secularisation: Trends and Patterns

Secularisation: Weber and Bruce

Secularisation: The USA

Secularisation: The Spiritual Revolution

4 (6 weeks)

Monday 27th Feb-Friday 7th April

Theory and Methods continued

Subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom

Relationship between Sociology and Social Policy

The nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific

Revision and Exam Practise for Paper 1, 2 and 3

Science and Ideology

Religion in a global context

Postmodernity

5 (5 weeks)

Monday 24th April – Friday 26th May)

Revision and Exam Practise