October 1, 2020

A Level Sociology

A Level Sociology: Exam board – Eduqas  (3 terminal examinations).

The study of Sociology focuses on contemporary society. Studying sociology fosters the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity. It provides an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. Students will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

Unit 1 – Socialisation and Culture

Section A of the component is compulsory and focuses on the key concepts and processes of cultural transmission, including socialisation and the acquisition of identity.

Section B of the component develops the compulsory key concepts and processes through detailed study of families and households.

Section C also develops knowledge and understanding of socialisation, identity and culture within the education system. This section of the component also includes consideration of social differentiation, power and stratification within education.

Unit 2 – Methods of Sociological Enquiry

Learners will be required to:

Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of methods and sources of data; demonstrate their ability to apply their knowledge and understanding of research methods; demonstrate their ability to design, analyse and evaluate their own research design; use examples from contemporary sociological research to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of relevant sociological concepts and key methodological issues.

Unit 3 – Power and Stratification

This component focuses on the theme of social differentiation, power and stratification

Section A

Learners will examine evidence and examples of areas of inequality related to social class, gender, ethnicity and age in the contemporary UK;

  • Changing patterns of inequality including the distribution of income, wealth and social mobility in the contemporary UK.
  • Theories and explanations for inequality and stratification related to social class,gender, ethnicity, age, for example functionalist, New Right, Marxist, neo-Marxist,Weberian, neo-Weberian, feminist, postmodernist and theories of racism.

Section B

This section focuses on the theme of power, issues of social order and social control studied through Crime and Deviance.

Students will examine patterns of the social distribution of crime and deviance related to social class, gender, ethnicity and age. They will also understand how crime is measured (crime; official government statistics including police statistics and the British Crime Survey, victim studies and self-report studies) and the impact of contemporary social policies on crime rates. Learners will also understand definitions of crime and deviance as social constructs including the role of the media. They will evaluate the influence of theories and explanations on social policy as well as theories and explanations of crime and deviance (functionalist, Marxist, neo-Marxist, interactionist, right and left realism, postmodernist, feminist, sub-cultural).