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Based on feedback we have received from teachers, we have amended the content of component 2 (Content of researching and understanding social inequalities) in the specification for AS and A Level Sociology. The amendment made provides a clear learning outcome and meets department requirements.
We have amended the wording in the 'Learners should' column for Key Question 1 (What are the main patterns and trends in social inequality and difference?) in Section B 'Understanding social inequalities'.
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The specification still requires students to ‘consider evidence from a range of areas of social life’. This offers teachers and students the flexibility to select evidence of inequality that is of interest, and, for those studying the A Level, offers the opportunity for synopticity. For example, you might choose education, crime, and health and find 2 or 3 pieces of evidence for each of the factors of inequality (factors at AS being social class and gender, and additionally at A Level ethnicity and age).
The change to the specification will require us to update our A Level SAM, (component 2, section B, question 5). The updated A Level SAM and new versions of the AS and A Level specifications will be available on the qualification pages of our website for September (2016). We will also be making the appropriate changes to our resources that support the delivery of component 2.