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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 

  • In 2015-16 Second Year  students following the OCR course may study the Sociology of Education as it appears in the final year of the  A2 Sociology Specification.
  • Click here for the "old" A2 OCR Specification which presents the course content for 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

 

 Power and Politics

  • In 2015-16 Year 13 students following the AQA and OCR courses respectively  may study A2 Optional Courses on Power and Politics or Sociology of Power and Politics as they appear in the final year of the  A2 Sociology Specifications.
  • However these options have been discontinued in the new Advanced Level Sociology Year 2 specifications for first examination in 2017.

 

  • Click here for the "old"  AQA  A2 Sociology  Specification which contains information on Power and Politics.
  • Click here for the "old" OCR A2 Sociology  Specification which contains information on Sociology of Power and Politics.

 

 

  Differentiation and Stratification and Exploring Social Inequalities

  • In 2015-16 Second Year students following the AQA and OCR courses respectively  may study the  and Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods or Exploring Social Inequality and Difference as they appear in the final year of the  A2 Sociology Specifications. [Note that this option disappears from the New OCR Year 2 Specification but that Researching and Understanding  Social Inequalities is included as a compulsory element of the New OCR AS and  Year 1 Specifications.]

 

  • 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

 

  • 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.