Why study Sociology?

Sociology is one of the most popular subjects to study at A-level. Think about the major questions that we ask about our social world. Are men and women really that different? Why do we have problems such as racism? What motivates people to have social status and respect? 
These questions are hugely important to life as a human being, and they are studied by the field of sociology. In general, Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life.

Course Requirements

A*-C in 5 subjects including English Language.

Course Outline

    In AS students will look at the questions of Education and Families, how these have changed and how they affect people in society. Going onto A2 students will also look at Crime and Beliefs in Society. In all years students will also look at the idea of research methods.

    How the Course is Assessed

      100% exam – No coursework

      Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context


      Education: short answer and extended writing 

      Methods in Context: extended writing

      Paper 2: Research Methods and Families and Households


      Section A - Research methods: short answer and extended writing

      Section B - Families and households: short answer and extended writing

      Links to Careers

        Jobs directly related to Sociology include:
        Advice worker, Community development worker, International aid/development worker, Social researcher, Social worker, Youth worker, Police officer.

        Jobs where sociology would be useful include:
        Charity fundraiser, Housing manager/officer, Human resources officer, Probation officer, Public relations officer, and lots of other jobs that involve working with people in our society.

        A2 Level

        100% exam, no coursework

        Students study 3 Units:

        Crime and Deviance
        This unit looks at why people commit crime, why some people are labelled as criminals and not others, the functions of crime, the victims and how the police respond to crime.

        Beliefs in Society
        This unit considers the role of beliefs and religion in society. Why are some people religious, but not others, how our beliefs shape and control our lives and why some beliefs are more dominant than others.

        Research Methods
        This unit considers the different methods of research Sociologists use and the influence each method has on the results. It looks also at some of the major Sociological Theories such as Functionalism, Feminism, Marxism and Globalism.

        How the Course is Assessed
        This qualification is linear, which means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. The final A2 Assessment is by three written examinations in June.

        Links to University

        Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

        Studying Sociology could help you complete courses such as:
        Law, Sociology, Anthropology, Psychology, History, English, Media and many more. The skills learnt from studying Sociology are essential for all literacy based courses at University. 

        Syllabus: AS and A2 Level Sociology
        Examination Board: AQA 7191/7192
        More Information: Mr S Dray