At a glance

Awarding Board: AQA
Entry Requirements: Six GCSE grades 9-4 including English Language and Mathematics
Subject Specific:GCSE English Language grade 5 Study of Sociology at Key Stage 4 is preferred but not required


Three 2 hour examinations at the end of Year 13
Paper 1 (33.3%)
Paper 2 (33.3%)
Paper 3 (33.3%)

Why choose A Level Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society. Sociologists put society under the microscope and ask ‘what do we notice?’, ‘why are things the way they are?’ and ‘what is really going on here?’ Sociology is a discursive subject which demands critical thinking, the ability to look at things from alternative perspectives and encourages students to look at the ‘bigger picture’.

Sociology is a fascinating subject, similar to Politics and Psychology. Theories such as Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism, Interactionism and the New Right are studied in detail. This provides a broad understanding of how people can look at the same society and see it very differently. The study of Sociology allows us to look at the world around us and reach our own conclusions.

What will you study?

A Level Sociology contains four mandatory units:

  • Education
  • Methods in Context
  • Research Methods
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

In addition to this two further units must be selected, one from each option.
Option 1: Culture and Identity, Families and Households, Health or Work, Poverty and Welfare.
Option 2: Beliefs in Society, Global Development, The Media or Stratification and Differentiation.

How will you study?

An A Level Sociology class will typically have 10-15 pupils. The structure of lessons will be very similar to GCSE lessons.
Lessons will begin with retrieval questions, consolidating key concepts and knowledge required for the lesson. This is then followed by teacher led introduction of new concepts, consolidation activities and reflective independent work.

Where will it take me?

Sociology develops many skills, that are attractive to employers.

A wide range of people-orientated careers will be possible such as: Social Worker, Community Development Worker, Civil Servant, Police Officer, Family Support Worker, Market Researcher, Aid Worker, University Lecturer or Secondary School Teacher.


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