Main School

Sociology

Staff

Ms L Pudney Head of Department
Ms L Hackin

What students will learn 

  • What is Sociology?

  • The importance of society, culture and socialisation in our identity.

  • The influence of gender on our identities.

  • How sociologists investigate and research society.

Homework will include a variety of creative writing pieces, research into the media, newspaper articles, essays and short answer questions.

Sociology is a subject that helps you think about and question the society in which you live and the people that live around you. If you like to ask questions, debate, give your opinion and you are good at expressing these ideas in both a written and a verbal form then Sociology is the subject for you!!

Sociology provides a good basis for those students wishing to take Sociology, Politics, History, Law or English at A level.

COURSE OUTLINE AND ASSESSMENT DETAILS

Syllabus – AQA

Paper 1: The sociology of families and education

  • The sociology of families

  • The sociology of education

  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

Assessment:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • 100 marks

  • 50% of GCSE

Paper 2: The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification

  • The sociology of crime and deviance

  • The sociology of social stratification

  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

Assessment:

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

  • 100 marks

  • 50% of GCSE

Please note: there is NO coursework – the GCSE is based on examination only, which is untiered ie everyone is entered for one paper rather than foundation or higher.

Recommended textbook 

  • AQA Sociology for GCSE Authors: Rosie Owens and Ian Woodfield Publisher: Hodder Education
    (ISBN-13: 9781510403116)

Recommended revision guides

  • “My Revision Notes: AQA GCSE (9-1) Sociology” by Ian Woodfield and Rosie Owens
    (ISBN-13: 9781510423237)

  • “AQA GCSE 9-1 Sociology All-in-One Revision and Practice” by Collins GCSE
    (ISBN-13: 9780008227456) 

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

Nursing, Social Work, Police, Law, Teaching, The Media and many others.
 

A-Level Sociology

Subject content AS (both exams at the end of Year 12)

Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context

Paper 2: Research Methods and Family Topic

1 hour 30 minutes exam

60 marks

50% of AS Level 

1 hour 30 minutes exam

60 marks

50% of AS Level

 

Subject content A-Level (all three exams at the end of Year 13)

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

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

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

 2 hour written exam

80 marks

33.3% of A-Level 

2 hour written exam

80 marks

33.3% of A-Level 

2 hour written exam

80 marks

33.3% of A-Level 

 

Recommended Textbooks:

Book One: AQA A-Level Sociology; Napier Press Sociology (ISBN: 978-0-954-0079-1-1)

Book Two: AQA A-Level Sociology; Napier Press (ISBN: 978-0-9540079-2-8)


For additional information please contact:

Head of Sociology Department:  Miss L Pudney
Email address: PudneyL@barkingabbeyschool.co.uk 

 

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