Exam Board: AQA
- The role and functions of the education system
- 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
Families and Households
- Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course
- 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
Beliefs in Society
- 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
- 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.
Crime and Deviance
- 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.
General Sixth Form admission requirements.
Where can it lead?
Studying Sociology is a valuable way to gain greater knowledge about yourself as well as the wider society. The A-Level provides progression to Higher Education and as entry to a wide range of jobs including the Police, Social Work, Journalism, Teaching, Probation work, Youth work and Nursing.