Sociology is offered at Key Stage 5 at Thomas More and allows the students to study a range of topics within the AQA syllabus. The course is challenging, but highly engaging and successful candidates will have a keen thirst for current affairs and a thirst to understand out complex society.
Sociology at Thomas More is offered at A Level and the examining body is AQA.
Students must study the following two core themes:
- socialisation, culture and identity
- social differentiation, power and stratification.
The themes should be understood and applied to particular substantive areas of Sociology. These themes are to be interpreted broadly as threads running through many areas of social life and should not therefore be regarded as discrete topics.
In addition, students must understand the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action, and the role of values.
The central focus of study in this specification should be on UK society today, with consideration given to comparative dimensions where relevant, including the siting of UK society within its globalised context.
At Thomas More the areas we focus on are:
- Education with Theory and Methods
- Beliefs in Society and The Family
- Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Each of these areas is assessed with a two hour exam.
The exams will measure how students have achieved the following assessment objectives.
- 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.
- Mr J Govinden (Head of Sociology, Lead practitioner, English teacher).