Students develop knowledge and understanding about society and sociological methodology. Sociology helps students understand society's structures, processes and issues.

Overview

A level Sociology has a range of attractive topic options, ensuring that students experience an interesting, diverse and coherent course of study approaches and methods related to the core areas of Sociology.


Board: AQA
 

Students are able to engage in theoretical debate and to be actively involved with the research process.

Course Structure

Teaching begins in September (January for 18 month courses). In the first year you will cover the following topics:

  • Education
  • Methods in Context
  • Research Methods
  • Topics in Sociology – students study one of the following options: Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Health; Work, Poverty and Welfare
 

Students may take the AS exam at the end of the first year. The second year then builds on this foundation for the completion of the full A level. In the second year you will focus on the following topics:

Education with Theory and Methods
  • Education
  • Methods in Context
  • Theory and Methods
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods
Topics in Sociology One selected from each option:
  • Option 1: Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Health; Work, Poverty and Welfare
  • Option 2: Beliefs in Society; Global Development; The Media; Stratification and Differentiation

Exam Structure

AS Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2
Education with Method in Context
1 hour and 30 minutes
Topics in Sociology
1 hour and 30 minutes
 

A2 Exam Format

Paper 1 Paper 2 Non-exam assessment
Education with Theory and Methods
2 hours
Research Methods and Topics in Sociology
2 hours
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
2 hours

Sociology One-Year A level

The board, format and content are the same as the two-year programme, but the course is covered in the space of one year.The stand-alone AS papers would not be sat.

Related Further Study and Careers

A level Sociology equips students with skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Programme Requirements

Students are not required to have studied sociology at GCSE level, but will need to demonstrate a genuine interest in the subject.


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