Sixth Form: Sociology

Subject Overview

Sociology is the study of the society that we all live in. Sociology looks at how our social characteristics affect our chances and experiences in life. We study gender, ethnicity and social class and ask why different kinds of people are less likely to have good health, achieve good qualifications, have social status and be more likely to commit a crime, be poor and die at an early age.

A Level Sociology has a more theoretical base than GCSE Sociology and so we look at society from different perspectives such as Marxism, Feminism and right wing approaches.

  1. Why do inequalities exist?
  2. Is society truly fair, and are we really, as the Universal Declaration of Human Right declares, all born free and equal?
  3. Are children growing up too quickly?
  4. Why does the media portray teenagers in such a negative light?
  5. Is there any need for feminism anymore?
  6. Why do the New Right criticise lone parent families?
  7. Do violent media images make us more violent?

Entry requirements

Grade 5 in English Language or Literature.

It is not essential to study GCSE Sociology in order to do an A Level in Sociology.

These are the minimum requirements. Higher grades at GCSE will make the course more accessible. The course is 100% exam with questions ranging from 4-30 marks and source material.

Skills needed

The ability to write extended pieces of writing is crucial as the examinations feature a number of essay questions. An interest in society and contemporary debates is highly beneficial and the ability to make links between topics and concepts ensures access to the highest grades.

Assessment

Assessment is 100% examination. It is made up of three two hour exams. Paper 1 and 3 are all compulsory questions whist paper 2 features optional questions. All papers feature questions ranging from 4-30 marks and source material.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Assessed

  • 2 hours written exam
  • 80 marks
  • 33.3% of A level

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Mass Media)

Assessed

  • 2 hours written exam
  • 80 marks
  • 33.3% of A level

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Assessed

  • 2 hours written exam
  • 80 marks
  • 33.3% of A level

Please see AQA website: for more information on the specification

Complementary Subject Combinations and Enrichment Activities

Psychology, English, Law, Business and Health and Social Care are complementary subjects with Sociology.

Course Activities

An annual visit is made to the BBC studios as part of paper 2. We also run visits to local universities and conferences to enhance classroom learning.

Subject Resources

  • Sociology for A2 Level, AQA by Ken Browne, 2015
  • Tutor2U

More textbooks are still to be published to accommodate for the new specification

Schemes of Work

Past paper question practice is essential in Sociology as it is 100% exam. Therefore it is highly advisable to download as many questions from the following website:

Other Information

Sociology is the study of life in this society. It is therefore relevant to all students who will live and work in this society and their future. After taking A Level Sociology, students go on to study a wide range of degree subjects and go on to careers in health, education, police/probation work, business, personnel, marketing, recruitment, care work, law, journalism and media. Students will develop essay writing skills in this course, debating current social issues. They will begin to understand more about the world in which they live, from a variety of points of view. All of these skills are not only useful for any university course, but for life in general.

For more information please contact Mr R Ambrose, Subject Leader: Sociology