A-LEVEL Sociology


Sociology focuses on the relationship between individuals and the society in which they live. It encourages an investigation and understanding of cultural and identity issues found within modern society. In addition, it includes a study of research findings and evaluation of sociological research methods.

Subject requirements:
Minimum GCSE of 5 in English or Humanities subject

Teacher to contact - Miss K Sogi
Social Sciences Area Coordinator - Miss C Miller
Social Sciences Curriculum Assistant - Mrs D Last

Course content

Year 12
Families and Households:
Focuses on family structure, government policy, the nature of childhood, demographic
changes and their impact on the family.
Areas include the role and purpose of education, reasons for differential achievement, the significance of educational policy changes and an understanding of research methods.

Year 13
Beliefs in Society:
Includes the relationship between religious belief, social change and stability, links between different social groups and spiritual organisations and the extent of
Crime and Deviance: Areas include social groups and crime rates, theories of crime, crime control and punishment, theory and methods.

Assessment criteria

100% exam. No coursework

Exam Board: AQA
A-Level: 7192

Are you interested in:

  • Social issues?
  • Current affairs?
  • Diversity and difference?
  • Understanding society?
  • Social change?

Leading to a career in:

  • Social Work
  • Police
  • Criminology
  • Journalism
  • Teaching

This subject goes well with:

  • Politics
  • Criminology
  • Psychology

We advise against taking Criminology, Psychology and Sociology together, as it narrows academic scope.

Human Sciences Vision

To create an educational environment that encourages students to:

  • Be open-minded by engaging with contemporary and cultural experiences within society
  • Be intense and critical thinkers by challenging and questioning established paradigms
  • Practice values of professionalism through active participation with the research process and holistic and synoptic thinking
  • Uphold the integrity and credibility of their chosen discipline by behaving ethically.

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