The Units in AS Sociology Include:


Poverty & Welfare


In this unit you will have learned about how poverty and income can affect individuals and society in many ways. You will also be learning about the welfare state and the systems that are put into place by the Government to help the poor. This unit also links in with the family unit, in the way that you will be looking at how poverty can effect family structure, and how, sometimes, family structures can cause poverty.




This unit is about the different ways in which sociologists are able to carry out research, and the factors that they must consider before and during research.


Family & Households


This unit contains information relating to the different types of family and households that exist within different societies around the world. This links in with the poverty unit, as explained above.

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5 Tips for Sociology Exams



If you don't think you can answer a question in time, simply make bullet points of the things you would put in the answer, you could still get some marks for it!









Bullet Points


Only revise for the unit that you have been told to do so. If you try to revise to many units at the same time you are very likely to get confused and therefore be unable to answer the questions asked.






Right Unit


Always ask if you are able to take a bottle of water into the examination hall with you, as you will be able to concentrate more if you have plenty of water.

However, don't drink too much as this will make you need to go to the toilet and therefore unable to concentrate.





Remember the acronym: FLITSS.


F = the rise in FEMINISM

L = LAW changes

I = the rise in INDIVIDALISM

T = the decline in TRADITION

S = SECULARISATION (decline in religion)

S = SOCIAL change


This will remind you of all the different reasons for various things within Sociology. This is useful in exams as you are likely to be asked for reasons for things related to the unit you are taking the examination in.


When sitting the methodology exam, remember the acronym: PROVE.


P = PRACTICALITY (can the research be carried out effectively, does the researcher have enough time & money to carry it out?)

R = RELIABILITY (was the data gathered from a relable source?)

O = OBJECTIVITY (is the data value-free & unbiased?)

V = VALIDITY (is the data collected true?)

E = ETHICAL considerations or EVALUATION (could the resaerch effect anybody in negative ways, emotionally, illegally etc? The researcher must also evaluate their research for effectiveness and improvements.