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  A2 Sociology2015 -16 and the new AS and 2 Year Advanced Level Sociology Specifications : The Topics

Please note that Earlham Sociology Pages currently contains Sociology materials only on Introducing Sociology, Families and Households, Sociology of Education, Power and Politics and Differentiation and Stratification . Important information on other topics such as Crime and Deviance, Theories and Methods, Beliefs in Society may be found via this link to Other Sociology Sites

These topics are covered at various points within the different Specifications as is indicated below.

 

 

 

 

Introducing Sociology and Sociological Perspectives

 

Families and Households

  • Families and Households [AQA] and Families and Relationships [OCR] are optional topics in the new Specifications for AS Sociology and for the first year of the new Advanced Level Sociology Course .

  • Click here for the new AQA AS and Advanced Level Sociology Specifications with planning, teaching and assessment resources.
  • Click here for the new OCR AS and Advanced Level Sociology Specifications with planning, teaching and assessment resources

 

 The Sociology of Education 

 

  • Click here for the new AQA AS and Advanced Level Sociology Specifications with planning, teaching and assessment resources.
  • Click here for the new OCR AS and Advanced Level Sociology Specifications with planning, teaching and assessment resources

 

  •  The location of the Sociology of Education within the new Specifications varies considerably as between the AQA Specification and the OCR Specification.
  • In the new AQA Specifications the compulsory AS Paper 1 is Education with Methods in Context and the Compulsory Advanced Level Paper1 is Education with Theory and Methods.
  • In the new OCR specification some aspects of the Sociology of Education are relevant to the AS and First Year Advanced Level Specification [See detailed Specification] and in the second year of the Advanced Level course the Sociology of Education also appears as one option in the Debates in Contemporary Sociology Module

 

  • Resits 2016-17
  • In 2016-17  students  may resit  the Sociology of Education examination paper based on the "old" OCR   A2 Sociology Specification.
  • Click here for the "old" A2 OCR Specification which presents the course content for the Sociology of Education.

 

 

  Politics

 

The AQA and OCR Year 2 Politics Options have been discontinued but A Year 2 Optional Politics course is provide by  the WJEC Eduqas Examination Board

 

The WJEC Eduqas Examination Board

  • You may  click here  to access the Specification for Welsh Centres and  click here to access the Specification for Non-Welsh centres.
  • Also you may click here for resources provided by Eduqas for the WJEC courses

The WJEC Eduqas examination board  has  provided separate Specifications  for Welsh and Non-Welsh centres. There are some variations in the organisation and content of these Specifications but in each case Families and Households and Education may by studied as optional topics  in Year 1. There are several other alternative options in Year 1 [See Specifications] .

 Social Differentiation and Stratification  is studied as a compulsory topic in Year 2 and Crime and Deviance and Politics may be studied as  optional topics  in Year 2. As expected the course for Welsh centres gives some considerable  emphasis to aspects of Welsh Politics. There are several further options in Year 2 [See Specifications.]

[ My resources may be used as appropriate if you are following WJEC Eduqas courses

  • Click here for Steve Bassett's You Tube Channel for podcasts geared to the WJEC Eduqas Specification for English Centres
  • Click here for St Cuthbert Mayne School Sociology Site for resources on Socialisation and Culture, Youth Culture, Education, Research Methods, Crime and Deviance and Social Inequality .[These resources have been written for the Eduqas Specification but will  be relevant also for other specifications.]

 

 

Crime and Deviance and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods  [External links only]

 

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods is a compulsory unit in the second year of the AQA Advanced Level Specification and Crime and Deviance is an optional unit in the second year of the OCR Advanced Level Sociology Specification.

  • Click here for the new AQA AS and Advanced Level Sociology Specifications with planning, teaching and assessment resources.
  • Click here for the new OCR AS and Advanced Level Sociology Specifications with planning, teaching and assessment resources

 

  • Resits 2016-17
  • In 2016 17 students   may resit examinations based on the "old"  AQA and OCR A2  Courses on Crime and Deviance. xx make links to old specifications

 

 

  Differentiation and Stratification and Exploring Social Inequalities

 

  • Click here for the new AQA AS and Advanced Level Sociology Specifications with planning, teaching and assessment resources.
  • Click here for the new OCR AS and Advanced Level Sociology Specifications with planning, teaching and assessment resources

 

  •  The locations of Stratification and Differentiation and Social Inequalities  within the new Specifications vary considerably as between the AQA Specification and the OCR Specification.
  • In the new AQA Specifications  Stratification and Differentiation are relevant to the analysis of several of the topics covered in the AS course and the first year of the Advanced Level course and students may study Stratification and Differentiation as an option within Topics in Sociology in the second year of the Advanced level Course.
  • In the new OCR specification Students will  cover as compulsory topics Research Methods and Researching  and Understanding Social Inequalities in the AS course and the first year of the Advanced Level course and Social Inequality issues are also relevant to several of the topics covered in the second year of the Advanced level course.

 

  • Resits 2016-17
  • In 2016-17 students following the AQA and OCR courses respectively  may resit examinations based on the "old" A2 courses on  Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods or Exploring Social Inequality and Difference .
  • Click here for the "old" AQA Specification which contains information on A2 Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods
  • Click here for the "old" OCR Specification which contains information on A2 Explaining Social Inequalities and Difference