Course Description 

Sociology explores how humans are socialised and contribute to society. We investigate all aspects of society; considering the experiences of individuals, groups, societies as a whole and globalisation.  Sociology students should have an inquisitive and open mind. As well as looking at theoretical perspectives, students will learn about the ways in which sociologists carry put research

Our aim in Sociology is to enable students to be able to comprehend a wide range of sociological theory with the ability to critically analyse them.  To improve their understanding of sociological concepts and how they play a role in shaping society it is important that the students broaden their reading from their textbook. Students should complete extra reading throughout their course that gives detailed examples of sociological theory at work in real life

Sociology students follow a two year A level course.

A level Sociology comprises three exam papers

Paper 1:  Education with Theory and Methods
2 hour written exam, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks

  • Education – Students will explore the role and function of the education system, investigating the educational achievement of different groups, examining educational policies and evaluating their impact.
  • Methods in Context ­– Students will learn how sociologists have conducted research within the field of education and carrying out practical education-based research of our own.
  • Theory and Methods ­– students will compare and contrast the different views found in sociology; exploring and applying these to the topic of education.

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology
2 hour written exam, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks

  •  Families and households:  students will investigate the changing patterns in families, particularly surrounding marriage, divorce, and cohabitation; gender roles in the family; the nature of childhood and how this is changing.
  • Beliefs in society:   students will discuss the significance of religion in the modern world; investigate different religions, religious organisations, and religious movements, explore the relationship between different social groups and religion.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
2 hour written exam, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks

  • Crime and Deviance– exploring who commits crime and identifying patterns in current crime figures, the different types of crime, and other issues surrounding crime, such as prevention, punishment, and the role of the criminal justice system.
  • Theory and Methods – comparing and contrasting the different views found in sociology; exploring and applying these to crime.

Specification link

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine. But the subject is also useful in a number of other careers, like marketing, advertising. PR, journalism, law or teaching. The Sociology A Level course helps students develop a number of new skills:

  • How to use evidence to support your arguments
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over your point of view fluently
  • How to work as a team to achieve results
  • How to take responsibility for your own learning