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A-Level Sociology

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Mayfield Grammar School

Hello and welcome to this revision page on Luca's site for all other Mayfield Grammar School sixth formers studying A-Level Sociology. This page has most of the content for the qualification in note format which has been gathered in class, from Wills library's books or from other sites on the internet.

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key terminology is in green, advanced vocabulary is in blue and links are in purple. 

If any information on this page is incorrect please approach me in the common room or email me at 18GuptaL@mgsg.kent.sch.uk

About the A-Level

Here at Mayfield Grammar School, Edexcel is the selected exam board for A-Level Sociology which requires pupils to study Education, Sociological Topics and Crime & Deviance and is examined in three papers taken in May and June.

The A-Level's Content:

• Education with Theory and Methods
• Topics in Sociology: Families and Households & Stratification and Differentiation

• Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Qualification Aims & Objectives

The study of Sociology must focus on contemporary society and foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with respect for social diversity. It must provide an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. Students must be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

These specifications have been designed with the clear objective of addressing the requirements above and will encourage students to:
• acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
• appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
• understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process
• develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
• develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Content

Here are all the content and their notecode. Click on your desired paper or topic that's listed below which will redirect you to all the lessons and notes written about the subject.

Education with Theory and Method

  • A. The Role and Functions of the Education System 

  • B. Differential Educational Achievement of Social Groups

  • C. Relationships and Processes within Schools

  • D. The Significance of Educational Policies

  • E. Methods in Context 

  • F. Education: Theory and Methods

Topics in Sociology

  • G. The Relationship of the Family to the Social Structure and Social Change

  • H. Changing Patterns of Couples, Childbearing and the Life Course 

  • I. Gender Roles, Domestic Labour and Power Relationships 

  • J. The Nature of Childhood, and Changes in the Status of Children

  • K. Demographic Trends in the United Kingdom since 1900

  • L. Stratification and Differentiation by Social Groups

  • M. Dimensions of Inequality

  • N. The Problems of Defining and Measuring Social Class

  • O. Changes in Structures of Inequality

  • P. The Nature, Extent and Significance of Patterns of Social Mobility

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 

  • Q. Crime, Deviance, Social Order and Social Control

  • R. The Social Distribution of Crime and Deviance by Social Groups

  • S. Different Types of Crime in History and Contemporary Society

  • T. Crime Control, Punishments and the Criminal Justice System

  • U. Crime: Theory and Metods

Education with Theory and Methods

There is one compulsory section to this component: Education with Theory and Methods.

Education with Theory and Methods
In their study of the topics, students should examine topic areas in relation to the two core themes (socialisation, culture and identity; and social differentiation, power and stratification) and both the evidence of and the sociological explanations for the content listed in the topic areas below.

Throughout, students should be encouraged to use examples drawn from their own experience of small-scale research.

Attention should be given to drawing out links with other topics studied in this specification.

 
There are six content areas in Education with Theory and Methods:

A. The Role and Functions of the Education System 

B. Differential Educational Achievement of Social Groups

C. Relationships and Processes within Schools

D. The Significance of Educational Policies

E. Methods in Context 

F. Education: Theory and Methods
 
Skills
The study of the topics in this paper should engage students in theoretical debate while encouraging an active involvement with the research process.

 The study should foster a critical awareness of contemporary social processes and change, and draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in different aspects of the course.

Paper 1
Written examination: 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification
80 marks


Assessment overview

Paper

Education: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks

Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks

Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks

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Topics in Sociology

There are two optional sections within this component. Students must study one of these Section A topics: Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Health; Work, Poverty and Welfare. And students must study one of these Section B topics: Beliefs in Society; Global Development; the Media; Stratification and Differentiation.


Topics in Sociology
In their study of these topics, students should examine topic areas in relation to the two core themes (socialisation, culture and identity; and social differentiation, power and stratification) and both the evidence of and the sociological explanations for the content listed in the topic areas below.

Throughout, students should be encouraged to use examples drawn from their own experience of small-scale research.

Attention should be given to drawing out links with other topics studied in this specification.

 
There are ten content areas in Topics in Sociology:

G. The Relationship of the Family to the Social Structure and Social Change

H. Changing Patterns of Couples, Childbearing and the Life Course 

I. Gender Roles, Domestic Labour and Power Relationships 

J. The Nature of Childhood, and Changes in the Status of Children

K. Demographic Trends in the United Kingdom since 1900

L. Stratification and Differentiation by Social Groups

M. Dimensions of Inequality

N. The Problems of Defining and Measuring Social Class

O. Changes in Structures of Inequality

P. The Nature, Extent and Significance of Patterns of Social Mobility


 
Skills
• The study of these topics should engage students in theoretical debate while encouraging an active involvement with the research process.
• The study should foster a critical awareness of contemporary social processes and change, and draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in different aspects of the course.


Paper 2
Written examination: 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification
80 marks


Assessment overview
Section A: extended writing, 40 marks
Section B: extended writing, 40 marks

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Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

There is one compulsory section to this component: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

In their study of this topic, students should examine the topic areas in relation to the two core themes (socialisation, culture and identity; and social differentiation, power and stratification) and both the evidence of and the sociological explanations for the content listed in the topic areas below.

Throughout, students should be encouraged to use examples drawn from their own experience of small-scale research.

Attention should be given to drawing out links with other topics studied in this specification.

 
There are five content areas in Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods:

M. The US Constitution and Federalism
N. US Congress
O. The US Presidency
P. The US Supreme Court and US Civil Rights
Q. US Democracy and Participation
R. Comparative Theories

 
Skills

• The study of the topics in this paper should engage students in theoretical debate while encouraging an active involvement with the research process.
• The study should foster a critical awareness of contemporary social processes and change, and draw together the knowledge, understanding and skills learnt in different aspects of the course.


Paper 3
Written examination: 2 hours
33.3% of the qualification
80 marks


Assessment overview
Crime and Deviance: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
Theory and Methods: extended writing, 30 marks

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