A-Level Sociology

Exam board: AQA

Why study A-Level Sociology?

Are you interested in people? Are you interested in trying to explain why certain events in society occur? Sociology is the study of society and how people behave in social groups. As individuals we are influenced and shaped by our family, friends, the education system, and wider beliefs. Sociology looks at how society impacts on us and in turn how people impact on society.

What will you study?

Year 12:

  • Families and Households – including gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family in contemporary society
  • Education – including relationships and processes within schools, with reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning
  • Research Methods – including sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents, and official statistics

Year 13:

  • Crime and Deviance – including crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.
  • Beliefs in society – including religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice
  • Sociological Theory – consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories

Who is the course suitable for?

To study sociology, you must have a strong interest and curiosity about the world around you. Sociology can lead into a very wide range of careers, often those linked to working with people. These include careers in health care, social services, human resources, legal system, and education. In fact, sociology can take you anywhere.