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Head of Department: Mrs E Cherry

Teacher: Ms L Stares


What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. Studying Sociology helps students to develop a critical approach to understanding issues around crime, religion, families, education, power and identity. It is a fascinating subject and focuses on our own behaviour as social beings. The scope of the A Level course is wide ranging from the analysis of how people present themselves to others in different social settings to the investigation of globalised society. 

Students will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. A willingness to discuss social issues and a questioning mind is essential since debate and evaluation form an important part of the course. We expect students to have the maturity to discuss the range of issues covered, as well as to be prepared for the significant written work.

Sociology is relevant to the society in which we live so students are bound to enjoy topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers. [updated November 2019]


'One of the greatest joys known to man is to take a flight into ignorance in search of knowledge.' Robert Staughton Lynd

A level: Years 12 and 13

Entry requirements

English and a Humanities subject GCSE grade 6

Course content

This course provides students with the opportunity to examine contemporary society and human behaviour through a range of topic areas including:


Why are some pupils so anti-school? What factors inside school, and their home background, affect a person’s achievement?

Research Methods & Methods in Context

What methods do sociologists use to conduct their research? What practical and ethical factors affect their decisions? Which research methods are best suited to studying educational issues such as teacher labelling, family influence?

Families & Households

Has the position of children in society improved in the last 100 years? Has increased family diversity led to the decline of the traditional family?

Beliefs in Society

Does religion promote harmony or conflict? How does a person’s social class, age, gender and ethnicity affect their religious beliefs and practice?

Crime & Deviance

Is there one law for the rich and another for the poor? Why do people commit crime and can it be prevented?

Theory & Methods

Do we live in a modern or post-modern society? Is Sociology really a science?


Students sit three 2-hour exam papers at the end of the course, each worth 33.3% of their grade.

Paper 1: Education, Methods in Context, Theory and Methods

Paper 2: Topics in Society Families and Households, Beliefs in Society

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods


Exam Board: AQA

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Careers Education

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people considering careers in nursing, social work, policing, teaching, law, and journalism – essentially any work with the public. Many students go on to study the following courses at degree level – Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, English, Business, Law and Teaching.