Sociology A-level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

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


The AQA A-level in Sociology is a two year course and offers you the chance to study society in a critical way. 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?” You will try to understand human behaviour and to do this you will research how other people and society affect us. This will be done via an examination of the influence power, politics, education, crime and families have on your everyday life.

You will need to have a questioning mind, be able to look beyond what we consider to be normal and ask questions such as: ‘What role does the public punishment of crime have for society?’  ‘Is the education system fair?’ ‘How does the media influence our behaviour’? ‘Do video games make us more violent’? ‘What is the role of families’? 

As part of the course you will be given the chance to attend Sociology conferences and listen to outside speakers. 


You will study the following over the two years:
Education and research methods
Families and households
Crime and deviance
Sociological theories
The media

How will it be delivered?

You will take three, 2 hour written exams at the end of the course:
Paper 1: Education with Theories and Methods 
Paper 2: Topics in Sociology: Family/Media 
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theories and Methods 

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English, English literature, Ethics or Sociology.

Your next steps...

Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in Social Work, Nursing or Medicine. The subject is also useful in a number of other careers like Marketing, Advertising, PR, Journalism, Policing, Law or Teaching.

According to, the top six degree courses taken by students who have an A-level in Sociology are:  

• Sociology

• Psychology

• English studies

• Business studies

• Law

• Teaching