Sociology is the study of people in social groups.  People are social beings, not just individuals with their own separate lives.  Their lives are shared with others and shaped by the society in which they live.  How different would your life be if you had been born a hundred years ago or brought up in another society?  What if you had been born into an aristocratic family?  How would this have affected your education, your family life, your political views, your job opportunities?

Sociology, therefore, is the study of human society and human social behaviour.  Sociologists are interested in how people behave in families, why some people are involved in crime, and why some children perform better at school.

Paper 1 (AS)

40% of AS

Culture & Identity will be studied comprising of an assessment of a one hour examination. The students will be expected to answer a series of stimulus response questions based on a variety of themes within the topic of culture and identity (the total marks will be 12).  There will also be two essay questions worth 24 marks each.

Paper 2 (AS)

60% of AS

Sociology of Education and Theory & Methods
This paper is worth 120 marks (60% of the AS grade and 30% of the overall A level grade).

The exam is two hours in duration and comprises of three sections: educational theory; educational theory in context using research methods; research methods.

The questions comprise of a series of stimulus response questions and essay questions.



Paper 3 (A2)

20% of A2

World Development and is worth 80 marks. It will focus on Sociology within Britain but also will analyse developing countries and underdeveloped countries and the role that developed countries such as Britain and USA have played and are still playing in either helping or hindering development in other countries.

Paper 4 (A2)

30% of A2

Crime and Deviance (Criminology) and focuses on a variety of problems within modern society. It is worth 120 marks and totals 60% of the A2 course and 30% of the overall A level grade.

The grade boundaries are : A = 80%  B=70%  C = 60%  D = 50% E = 40%



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