Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of how society works, how individuals fit into it, and how society changes over time. Studying A-Level Sociology gives you a rounded view of our society. We explore sociological research methods and apply these to contemporary issues in society. The skills required are similar to those in English (essay writing), History (critical reflection) and Psychology (research). 

Topics of study at A-Level

There are 6 units of study, examined over three exam papers:

  • Socialisation, Culture & Identity
  • Family and Relationships, Youth Subcultures or The Impact of the Media on Society
  • Research Methods
  • Social Inequalities
  • Globalisation & the Digital World
  • Crime & Deviance, Education in the UK or Religion, Belief & Faith in the UK

Lessons will involve plenty of discussion and you will be encouraged to develop your own thoughts and ideas. You will need to research using a range of sources, focussing on key theories, sociologists and contemporary issues. There are plenty of opportunities to evaluate, criticise and debate issues. 

At the end of Year 13 you will sit three exams, each covering two units. The questions will require you to write extended answers and essays. 

What the subject might lead to

Sociology relates to all aspects of society meaning this course will be useful in a wide array of future pathways including: 

  • Health and care professions
  • Education
  • Business
  • Public administration
  • Academia 
  • Research
  • Politics 
  • Media 

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

It would be advisable to have at least a Grade 5 at GCSE in English Language.