Type of qualification – A Level
Exam Board – AQA

Course Description

Sociology is the study of society – it enables students to understand, question and interpret today’s society. You will examine the problems facing society and the way sociologists go about studying society and social conditions. You will develop essay writing skills focusing on a range of subjects from the family, politics, history, education, religion to examining theories of, and solutions to, crime.

You will also learn how society has changed over time, and which factors influence the growth and development of society. Furthermore, you will examine your own place in society and how factors may influence you throughout your lifetime.

Around half of Sociology students at S6C opt to study the subject at university, and usually find work in teaching, law, the NHS, social work and the Civil Service.

Interesting fact about studying this at S6C

You will be encouraged and supported in your independent learning and will develop sophisticated note-taking skills. This is excellent preparation for higher education.


Sociology is examined by three written exams:
• Paper 1 – Education with Theory and Methods
• Paper 2 – Families and Households and Beliefs in Society
• Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods

General Entry Requirements

5 GCSE qualifications with minimum grade 4

What Our Students Think

“I am really enjoying Sociology A level. Everything we have been taught is so interesting and is taught in an effective way.”
Ava, previously St Edmund’s Girls’ School