Sociology is an interesting subject. Students will develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. You should be interested in current affairs and be able to analyse and interpret information.

Topics include Families & Households: What is a family? What changes have there been to childhood over the last 100 years?

Education with Theory and Methods: What shapes our identity within schools and how can this affect our grades? How can a teacher form a label and make us under or over achieve? Students need to understand a range of qualitative and quantitative research methods and be able to apply these to the context of education.

Beliefs in Society: How significant is religion in a contemporary global world? Is religion a controlling ideology? Are religious organisations including cults and sects taking over from denominations and churches? Has science replaced religion as an ideology?

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: Explanations of crime applied to key topics such as media, gender and globalisation. Pure sociological theory is studied in depth as well as key debates such as Sociology as a science.


A Level Sociology is assessed only through examination. There is no coursework. There are three two hour exams at the end of Year 13 of study.

What Next?

Related degrees include Criminology, Law, Health and Social Care and Government and Politics. Future careers include Lawyer, Journalist, Business Entrepreneur, Criminologist, Social Worker, Health and Social Care Worker, Teaching, NHS and a range of public services.

Sociology Subject Leader: Mrs A Richardson

Syllabus: AQA

Course Specification: 7192

Qualification: A Level