Sociology A Level Course Content

Year Term 1Term 2Term 3
Year 12Paper 2: Families & Households
1. Functions of the family
2. Social policy and the family
3. Demographic trends and family life
4. Marriage and Divorce
5. Domestic division of labour
6. Childhood
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
1. Functions of the education system
2. Class and the education system
3. Ethnicity and the education system
4. Gender and the education system
5. Relationships and processes in school
6. Social policy in education
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods/ Y13 intro
1. Positivist theory
2. Interpretivist theory
3. Methods in Sociology
4. Is Sociology a science?
5. Introduction to the media
6. The new media analysis
Year 13Paper 2: The Media
1. The new media
2. Ownership & Control of the media
3. Globalisation and popular culture
4. Selection and presentation of the news
5. Media representation of gender, sexuality and disability
6. Media representations of class, ethnicity and age
7. Media and its relationship with audiences

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
1. The functions of crime
2. Labelling and criminality
3. Marxist theories of crime and deviance
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
4. Realist theories of crime
5. Crime statistics and patterns
6. Ethnicity and crime
7. Gender and crime
8. Class and crime
9. Globalisation, state crime and human rights
10. Crime and the media
11. Prevention, control and punishment of crime
Theory and Methods in Sociology
Paper 1, 2 and 3 Revision:
1. Revision of Education topics
2. Revision of research methods in sociology
3. Revision of Families and Households
4. Revision of Crime and Deviance