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La Retraithe Sixth Form


Studying Sociology at the La Retraite 6

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Criteria: 5 GCSE Level 5 grades including English

Why study this course?

Sociology is the study of how society is organized, and how we experience life. It has been taught in British universities since the very beginning of the twentieth century, first the London School of Economics, and soon after at Liverpool University. These and other pioneering departments did ground breaking research in major social issues, such as poverty and crime.

What will I learn?

Students will be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:

    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Ideology, science, and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions
    • The relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices, and organisations.

How will I be taught?

Sociology focuses your attention on analysing the social organization of society inviting you to delve into behaviour patterns, interactions, and relations between members of society. Students will focus on the ability to evaluate and be able to produce essays. We will look at essay structures and key vocabulary and context.

How many hours a week of private study are recommended?

Students are expected to complete 6 hours’ worth of independent learning in their own self-directed time.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

Popular combined degree courses include Sociology with: Media, Philosophy, Criminology, English, Law, Human Resources, Marketing and Politics.

Possible careers options: Teacher, Social work and the ‘Caring Professions’, Researcher, Civil Servant and Local Government (housing/health), Police and Law Enforcement (criminal justice, rehabilitation, probation and prison services), Business (HR, marketing, PR).

Course description

At the beginning of Year 12, students will start with Education unit. Students are going to be familiar with sociological explanations on Education and research methods, then later on spring term will start with Families and households as well as complete the theory context.

At Summer term in June, Year 12 will be provide with a full paper 1 exam mock which will determinate their predicted grade for the subject and their UCAs application.  Students will be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:

In Year 13 they will continue with Crime and Deviance and complete all papers with the Beliefs unit.


Students are assessed against the AQA assessment criteria which comprises of four assessment objectives. Each assessment objective is marked out of 80 in total 3 paper.

A-level • Skills for the Assessment

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of: • sociological theories, concepts, and evidence • sociological research methods •

AO2: Apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence, and research methods to a range of issues •

AO3: Analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence, and research methods in order to: • present arguments • make judgements • draw conclusions.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods 80 x1 80

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology 80 x1 80

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 80 x1 80 Total scaled mark: 240