GCE Sociology Speciﬁcation for AS exams 2009 onwards and A2 exams 2010 onwards (version 1.0)2
1.1 Why choose AQA?
It’s a fact that AQA is the UK’s favourite examboard and more students receive their academicqualiﬁcations from AQA than from any other board.But why does AQA continue to be so popular?
Ours are designed to the highest standards,so teachers, students and their parents canbe conﬁdent that an AQA award provides anaccurate measure of a student’s achievements. And the assessment structures have beendesigned to achieve a balance between rigour,reliability and demands on candidates.
AQA runs the most extensive programme of support meetings; free of charge in the ﬁrst yearsof a new speciﬁcation and at a very reasonablecost thereafter. These support meetings explainthe speciﬁcation and suggest practical teachingstrategies and approaches that really work.
We are committed to providing an efﬁcient andeffective service and we are at the end of thephone when you need to speak to a person aboutan important issue. We will always try to resolveissues the ﬁrst time you contact us but, shouldthat not be possible, we will always come backto you (by telephone, email or letter) and keepworking with you to ﬁnd the solution.
AQA is a registered charity. We have noshareholders to pay. We exist solely for the goodof education in the UK. Any surplus income isploughed back into educational research and ourservice to you, our customers. We don’t proﬁtfrom education, you do.If you are an existing customer then we thank you foryour support. If you are thinking of moving to AQAthen we look forward to welcoming you.
1.2 Why choose Sociology?
This GCE Sociology speciﬁcation has been designedso that candidates will acquire the essentialknowledge and understanding of central aspectsof sociological thought and methods, together withthe application of a range of skills. It has also beendesigned to allow the integration of sociologicalthemes, such as socialisation, culture and identity,and social differentiation, power and stratiﬁcation. The speciﬁcation provides a smooth transition fromGCSE Sociology, although this is not a prerequisitefor studying AS/A Level Sociology. Candidateswho have Grade C in English Language or similarattainment at Key Stage 4 will ﬁnd that thoseskills will suitably equip them for the study of thisspeciﬁcation. However, no prior learning is necessaryfor candidates to undertake a course of study basedon this speciﬁcation and those candidates returningto study, as part of their lifelong learning, will need noprevious attainment in this subject. The speciﬁcation lays an appropriate foundation forfurther study of Sociology and related subjects inhigher education. In addition, it provides a worthwhilecourse for candidates of various ages and fromdiverse backgrounds in terms of general educationand lifelong learning. Equally, material studied wouldbe useful for candidates intending to pursue careersin the ﬁeld of Social Sciences.