Sociology

Key Stage 4

Paper 1: The sociology of Families and Education year 10

What's assessed

  • The sociology of families
  • The sociology of education
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology
  • Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.
  • Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.

Paper 2: The sociology of crime and deviance and Social stratification

Year 11

What's assessed

  • The sociology of crime and deviance
  • The sociology of social stratification
  • Relevant areas of social theory and methodology

Students will be expected to draw on knowledge and understanding of the entire course of study to show a deeper understanding of these topics.

How it's assessed

  • Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 50% of GCSE

Questions

  • Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.
  • Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of Student Marks from both exams are then added up and their overall GCSE grade is then awarded at the end of year 11. There is no coursework to be completed and all students sit the same tier of paper

Key Stage 5

We also follow the AQA A level course and this follows a similar pattern of assessment to the GCSE course offered at Caterham. If a student has completed GCSE sociology it is expected that they will have at least a B grade in order to start the A level course. Students who have not studied Sociology at GCSE  would need a B in English.

The year 12 course (AS Course)

  • Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
  • 50% of AS level
  • Paper 2: Research Methods and Topics in Sociology
  • Section A: compulsory content
  • Section B: Topics in Sociology, we will study Families and households
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written exam
  • 50% of AS level

Year 13 course (ALevel Course)

  • Paper 1: Education with  Theory and Methods
  • 2 hour written exam
  • 33.3% of A-level
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology
  • Section A: one from option 1: (Families)
  • Section B: one from option 2: (Beliefs in Society)
  • 2 hour written exam
  • Paper 3: Crime and  Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • 2 hour written exam
  • 33.3% of A-level

To complete the full A Level in Sociology students need to complete all three papers in year 13  

How is sociology useful in later life? 

As a respected course It will often help secure a place at university

Learn the skills that employers need, such as research, report writing, creative and analytical thinking and the evaluation  of ideas.

It is useful for “people centred” careers and jobs requiring strong analytical skills. This could include teaching, law, social work, the police force, local government work, through to personnel, advertising, market research and journalism.

The study of sociology will also help students to look at competing points of view on current issues in society and help them to make their own judgements about the world around us.

Key Stage 4

We study the AQA GCSE specification that is divided into 2 units. The short course unit 1 paper is taken at the end of year 10 and this examines the following topics.

FAMILIES & HOUSEHOLDS:

What are the different types of family? What is the purpose of the family? Is the family now in decline?

EDUCATION:

Why are girls now outperforming boys? Why do middle class children get more GCSEs than working class children?

STUDYING SOCIETY:

How do we find out about the society we live in?

The second unit of the course is completed at the end of year 11 and this examines these topics.

MASS MEDIA:

How far does the media shape people’s views in society? Do the media stereotype groups in Britain?

CRIME AND DEVIANCE:

Who commits most crime and why? How do sociologists try to explain crime? Are crime statistics reliable?

POWER:

How can individuals and groups influence decision making? How do governments try to help ease social problems and promote equality in society?

SOCIAL INEQUALITY:

In what ways is society divided? How far does wealth determine your life chances? How do social class, ethnicity, gender and religion effect your position in society?

Student Marks from both exams are then added up and their overall GCSE grade is then awarded at the end of year 11. There is no coursework to be completed and all students sit the same tier of paper.

Key Stage 5

We also follow the AQA A level course and this follows a similar pattern of assessment to the GCSE course offered at Caterham. If a student has completed GCSE sociology it is expected that they will have at least a C grade in order to start the A level course. However, many students who do well at A level sociology have not studied sociology before and this is not an entry requirement.

The Year 12 AS course The Year 13 A2 course

Unit 1: Families & households (20%)

 

Unit 2: Education with research methods (30%)

  

You can retake unit 1 and unit 2 in year 13 to boost your grades.

Unit 3: Beliefs in society (20%)

 

Unit 4: Crime and deviance with theory and methods (30%)

 

At the end of the course your marks for the 4 modules are added up and your final grade is awarded.


How is sociology useful in later life?

  • As a respected course It will often help secure a place at university
  • Learn the skills that employers need, such as research, report writing, creative and analytical thinking and the evaluation of ideas.
  • It is useful for “people centred” careers and jobs requiring strong analytical skills. This could include teaching, social work, the police force, local government work, through to personnel, advertising, market research and journalism.
  • The study of sociology will also help students to look at competing points of view on current issues in society and help them to make their own judgements about the world around us.

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Health and Social Care

BTEC National Health and Social Care- Extended Certificate (Level 3)

Duration: 2 years (equivalent to 1 A Level)
Board: Pearson
Course Entry Requirements: 5 A*-C/5-9 grades at GCSE Level including a C/5 in English Language as well as Science.
 
Health and Social Care stands out from other A Levels and BTECs as it gives you the skills and training head-start that you need in any career where you are working primarily for the care and wellbeing of other people. It will improve your understanding of yourself and your relationship with others not just in wider society but in specific health and social care contexts.

Assessments are in the form of exams, coursework and vocational work experience.

1st Year Modules:

  • Human Lifespan Development (1.5 hour exam)
  • Meeting  Individual Care and Support Needs (coursework)

2nd Year Modules:

  • Working in  Health and Social Care (1.5 hour exam)
  • ONE of the following: sociological perspectives/psychological perspectives/ supporting individuals with additional needs/ physiological disorders and their care (coursework)

Skills you will gain include:

  • Leadership
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Effective communication
  • Presentation, extended writing and analysing case studies
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Team-working

Possible Careers and Higher Education

Health and Social Care is a respected vocation and is recognised by higher education institutions and employers as a vital pathway into different careers as it is very skills focussed which can set you aside from other qualifications. Choices include Nursing, Primary Education, Children's Play, Learning and Development, Social Work, Sport, Sports Studies and Development, Psychiatry, Physiotherapy, Adult Learning and many more. Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes with specific higher education providers.