Sociology

Sociology is a stimulating, contemporary and challenging subject which explores how British society is organised. It will help develop analytical and critical ways of thinking and involves studying the influence of social forces such as social class, ethnicity, racism, religion, gender, age, and globalisation on both social institutions such as the education system, the family and the criminal justice system, and individual actions. It examines how sociologists use scientific methods and data to support or challenge sociological argument.

Course Type

Entry requirements

  • Level 6 in GCSE English Language

Course breakdown

In Year 12, you will study a range of topics, including:

  • Education
  • Families and Households
  • Research Methods

In Year 13, you will build on your first year of study, exploring more advanced topics including:

  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Sociological Theory

How will the course be assessed?

At the end of Year 12, you will be entered for the AS level in Sociology. This will assess the content and skills covered in the first year of study.

  • Exam: Education with Methods in Context – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level
  • Exam: Research Methods and Topics in sociology – 1.5 hours – 50% of AS level

At the end of Year 13, you will be entered for the A level in Sociology. This will assess the content and skills covered in both years of study.

  • Exam: Education with Theory and Methods – 2 hours – 33.3% of A level
  • Exam: Topics in Sociology – 2 hours – 33.3% of A level
  • Exam: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods – 2 hours – 33.3% of A level

Note that this is a reformed A level. This means that the grades obtained for the AS level do not contribute to the final A level grade.

Where can the course lead?

Sociology provides an excellent set of skills for entry to most university degree courses including in the social sciences, anthropology and criminology. Many students follow careers in law, journalism, the caring professions, policing, the civil service, advertising, market research, teaching, management and business. Sociology is a valuable subject for all types of work which involve an understanding of people and social relationships or the use of problem solving and analytical skills.