Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how we experience life. It is relevant to the society we live in so you will learn about contemporary topics often at the heart of national debates. Themes that run through the A Level course are culture, identity, power, social class, gender, race and ethnicity.
Sociology is a diverse subject with broad appeal.
Key Stage 5
In Year 12, candidates studying this specification will acquire knowledge of contemporary social processes and social changes. This course will take you through educational history to look at what the purpose of education is and how it affects students’ lives. Students will also explore the changing patterns of family life in Britain and the roles and relationships that exist. For research methods students will learn about, and gain experience of, the methods that Sociologists use in their research. The course also examines the key decisions which influence sociologist’s choice of method and topic. Candidates will be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.
In year 13, candidates will study Crime and Deviance where they will explore contemporary debates surrounding issues such as green crime, state crimes and the roles of the criminal justice system. Students also learn about beliefs and the changing role of religion in our society. Some of the topics studied are fundamentalism, how globalisation has affected religion, cults and new religious movements.
Examination board: AQA
Details of the course can be found here.
You can download a copy of the full specification here.
What skills will I learn?
The ability to construct a reasoned argument; analytical and evaluative skills; debating skills; including the use of evidence to support arguments and an ability to present a counter-argument.
There are a variety of occupations which a Sociology student might pursue: Teaching; law enforcement; Probation service; Social work and the ‘caring professions’; Civil service and local government service; Voluntary agencies; Graduate jobs in management; Journalism; Media.
A student’s view
“Sociology has definitely made me question a lot of my old views. It is fascinating to learn new things about myself that I didn’t know before. No matter what the topic, everyone has a different opinion. You learn to back your ideas up with theorists and actual sociological evidence.”