Why study A Level Sociology? 

The study of Sociology will allow you to develop a deep understanding of Contemporary British Society and how society has changed over time, together with the factors that have contributed to these changes. An example of this would be the family and how this has changed from a traditional model to a more diverse range of family types.

How will I be assessed?

Short answer and extended answer questions testing understanding, application and evaluation. There is no coursework in this subject.


Students need not have studied Sociology but must have acknowledged academic ability, so a Grade 4 in English is expected (a Grade 5 is preferable). Many students without previous experience of the subject have obtained excellent A Level grades. Good written communication skills, including essay writing, are essential.

What skills will I gain from studying Sociology?

Your essay writing, analysis and evaluative skills will be honed, as will the ability to apply theories and evidence to social concepts and issues.

Where can Sociology lead?

From a survey carried out on a small scale, the following areas of employment all preferred A Level Sociology from recruits: British Airways, BBC, Sainsbury’s, Nursing, Occupational Therapy, Police work. Previous students who have kept in touch with the department are employed in a variety of occupations: Doctors, Barristers, Solicitors, Psychologists, Teaching, Accountants, Commerce, University Lecturers, International Finance, Banking, Armed Forces, Nursing, Communications and Media, Physiotherapists, Business and Public Administration.

Additional Comment

The subject has an excellent examination record in the school and a reputation for hard work in an enjoyable, amiable atmosphere. This subject combines very well with others such as Psychology, Health and Social Care, History and Geography.

What will I study?

A Level Course Content

Unit 1: Education with Theory and Methods

  • Education
  • Methods in Context
  • Sociological Theory and Methods

Unit 2: Topics in Sociology

  • Families and Households
  • Beliefs in Society

Unit 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Research Methods

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