Sociology is the academic study of people in social groups. The A-level examines patterns in society and analytically assesses and evaluates the influence of society on human beings.

Course Aims

The course seeks answers to important question in society such as:

  • ‘Why do girls do better than boys at G.C.S.E?’
  • ‘What is the role of education?’
  • ‘Are criminals mad or bad?’
  • ‘Why do people become criminals or commit suicide?’
  • ‘Is religion in decline?’
  • ‘Why are Muslims in Britain more religious?’
  • ‘Which methods can you use to study society?’


Sociology requires students to write extended essays and discuss a variety of different theoretical perspectives and ideas.

Entry Requirements

Minimum GCSE grade 5 or equivalent in English Language (but preferably a grade 6).


Sociology provides a fantastic academic background to a number of careers. The course is particularly useful to those who are interested in working with people. The developed understanding of society and skills gained can be useful to the majority of careers. In order to progress to some of these jobs some suitable university courses are;

  • Degree in Medicine
  • Degree in Law
  • Degree in Journalism
  • Education
  • Social Work Degree
  • Sociology Degree
  • Degree in Nursing
Awarding Body

AQA A-level Sociology. This is a level 3 qualification.


Assessment is entirely by examination and consists of three written papers at the end of Year 13, although there may be an opportunity to sit an AS exam in this subject. All papers carry an equal weighting of a third of the overall grade.

Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods is a 2 hour examination.

Paper 2 – Topics in Sociology – Families and Households and Beliefs in Society is a 2 hour examination.

Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods is a 2 hour examination.

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