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Sociology is the study of society – how people interact in groups. A level Sociology examines social behaviour from a variety of perspectives: how it originates and then develops, and the ways people are organised into groups according to distinctions such as class, gender and race. A level Sociology also looks at the institutions and forces which shape and are shaped by groups within a society, such as the media, religion and education.

A level Sociology focuses on contemporary society, providing an awareness of the importance of social structure and actions in explaining social forces and issues. It will help you to think about society in a new and critical light, questioning the status quo and developing a sophisticated understanding of the real issues that affect the society we live in. It is an excellent subject for showing you how society works and for making you aware of the range of conditions that individuals within society experience.

A Level Sociology

Exam Board: AQA

This qualification is linear which means students will sit all the A-level exams at the end of their A-level course.       

Subject Content

  • Education
  • Methods in context
  • Research methods
  • Culture and Identity
  • Families and Household
  • Work, Poverty and Welfare
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods

Plus one or two of the following:

  • Beliefs Society
  • Global Development
  • The Media
  • Stratification and Differentiation

Units of Work and Examinations