Sociology GCE A (single option) Level 3 (Option Block B)

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences

What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This qualification is designed to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity, and to encourage an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues, such as crime. Throughout the course students are encouraged to develop skills to help them develop an understanding of the relationships between individuals in society; for example how social inequalities impact on particular groups. We will also explore how institutions in society, such as the family and education, shape personal identity, roles and culture. This subject will develop skills within their sociological understanding and knowledge as well as extended writing skills through critical evaluations of different sociological theories and methodologies.


  • Education. The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure.
  • The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular references to the economy and to state policies.
  • Crime and deviance. Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content: crime, deviance, social order and social control.
  • Beliefs in Society - Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content: Ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods 2 hour written exam

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology 2 hours written exam

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods 2 hour written exam


Entry requirements

Students will require a minimum of five A*-C/9-4 grades at GCSE, including English

Language at level 6 and Mathematics at level 5.

Your next steps...

The specification provides a suitable foundation for the study of sociology or related courses in Higher Education. Equally, it is suitable for learners intending to pursue careers or further study in social sciences, or as part of a course of general education.