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Level 3: A level

Exam Board: AQA

Entry Requirement:

GCSE English Language - Level 5

Sociologists ask lots of questions about the relationships between groups of people within society and we focus on how our everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, we study patterns of behaviour within social groups and the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and age on social relationships.

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, families and social power. More than once during the course you’re bound to ask yourself the question, “why has society developed like this? With poverty, ignorance, crime and injustice.”

In Year 12:

Education with Methods in Context

Is it true girls do better than boys? Why are there some groups in school who always do better in exams? What happens to the gangs in school who don’t follow the rules?

How do sociologists gather information about educational achievement? Are some methods more useful than others?

Research Methods and Topics in Sociology (Families and Households)

What is meant by 'family' and ‘households’? What is the function or purpose of the family in society? Is divorce really increasing? What does this mean for the family? Why in some countries do men have more than one wife and in other cultures it is women who take on multiple husbands?

How do families support the UK’s capitalist economy?

In Year 13:

Crime and Deviance with Methods

What is meant by ‘crime’ and ‘deviance’?  Which social groups are most likely to be the victims or perpetrators of crime? How do sociologists explain crime and deviance? What is the role of the media, the police and other social organisations in explaining and controlling crime?


Topics in Sociology - Media

Over the last few years the media has gone through rapid technological changes.  This has had a massive impact on the way we communicate, how we entertain ourselves and even how we think.  Is this a good thing? Is the media always objective? Does it represent social groups fairly?  Who owns the media anyway?  Do they try to tell us how to be?

Assessment at A Level

Three written exams with equal weighting.

Paper 1 Education with Theory & Methods.

Paper 2 The Family and Media.

Paper 3 Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods.

The Future

Sociology is a useful qualification for a wide range of university courses. The subject is of particular interest to anyone considering a career in social work, nursing, teaching, journalism and the police.

Further information
Miss F Choudhury, Sociology Curriculum Leader