Sociology A Level

Course type: A level & Applied • Awarding/exam body: AQA
Sociology is the study of how society is organised. We look at the relationships between individuals and groups and how experiences such as childhood poverty, racism and labelling can affect a person’s opportunities. Our students find that sociology makes them look at Britain and the world today in new ways. What students discover is how to think critically for themselves and to look at human behaviour from various perspectives.

Course Units

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families, Households and Beliefs in Society)
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theories, Methods, Households & Beliefs in Society

Course Assessment

The A level course is 100% examination based through three papers taken at the end of the second year of the course.

This Course Can Lead To…

Students can progress to degree courses such as Anthropology, Criminology, Journalism, Law, Social Policy and Sociology. They often pursue careers in which an understanding of people and social groups is essential, such as: Policing, Law, Journalism, Teaching, Nursing, Politics, Social Work, Business, Human Resources, Advertising and Public Relations.

Entry Requirements

To qualify to study 3 A level/ Applied subjects, you will need to achieve 6 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, preferably including English Language or Maths at grade 4 or above. 

In addition/ within those 6 GCSEs, for this subject you will need to achieve Grade 5 in English Language or Grade 5 in Sociology.

Students with a Grade 4 in English Language and Grade 5 or higher in sociology or other humanities subjects may also be considered subject to availability.

Course Highlights

  • Trips have included the V&A Childhood Museum and The Old Bailey.
  • Attend conferences on a number of relevant issues including ‘Crime and Punishment’, ‘Labelling and Gangs’ and ‘The Future of Religion in Society’.