Sociology of Education


This unit is work 50% of the AS and 25% of the A Level.

It is the compulsory unit which will be examined in Paper 1 of the AS exam and the A Level exam and include the Methods in Context question.

In this unit you will discuss:

  • The role and function of Education
  • Differential Educational Achievement
  • Relationships and Processes in school.
  • Educational Policies including marketisation, impact of globalisation, strive for equality.

The Exam

AS – Paper 1 (90 minutes)

Short Answer Questions:

  • 2 marks (definitions)
  • 2 marks ( Give one example)
  • 6 marks (Outline 3…)

Extended Answer Questions:

  • 10 marks (Outline and explain 2..)
  • 20 marks (Applying material from the item and your own knowledge evaluate…)

A Level – Paper 1 (2 hours)

Short Answer:

  • 4 marks (Outline 2….)
  • 6 marks (Outline 3…)

Extended Answer:

  • 10 marks (Using material from the item analyse two…..)
  • 20 marks – Methods in Context
  • 30 marks (Applying material from the item and your own knowledge evaluate…)

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