Are you interested in how people behave? How society is changing and what conflicts occur? Studying Sociology helps you develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, childhood and social power. In Sociology lessons, you will be given opportunities to discuss and debate a whole range of topical sociological issues.

A few examples of topics studied are:

  • Why do some people join gangs?
  • Why do people get married or divorced?
  • Why do some people underachieve in school?
  • Why do some pupils join anti-school sub-cultures?
  • How do sociologists research society?

Course Content

Paper 1:
Education with Theory and Methods

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A level)

  • Why are girls significantly outperforming boys in the education system?
  • Why are certain ethnic groups over achieving whilst others underachieve?
  • How have government policies impacted on the education system?
  • What practical, ethical and theoretical problems may arise when sociologists conduct research into education?
  • Plus Sociological Theory

Paper 2:
Families and Households/ ‘Beliefs in Society’

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A level)

  • Is it right to talk of a ‘traditional’ nuclear family anymore?
  • What are the reasons behind recent trends in marriage, divorce and cohabitation?
  • What does it mean to be a ‘child’ in Britain today and how has this changed over the years?
  • What are the strengths and limitations of the different research methods used by sociologists?
  • What factors must sociologists consider when conducting research?

Paper 3:
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

2 hour written exam (33.3% of A level)

  • What are the sociological explanations for criminal and deviant behaviour?
  • Why do certain ethnic minority groups appear to commit a disproportionate amount of crime?
  • What is green crime and how can it be measured?
  • How has globalization affected crime in the UK?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the different sociological theories?
  • What research methods do the different theoretical perspectives use?
  • Can or should Sociology be seen as a scientific subject?
  • What impact has sociological research had on government policy?

Is this course right for me?

Many Sociology students go on to study Sociology or Criminology at some of the UK’s top universities, including Durham, York, Lancaster and Leeds. Sociology is also seen as a subject that will boost student applications to a variety of other higher education courses.

What can I do next?

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, law, teaching, community work or probation.

Subject minimum entry requirement

You do not need to have studied Sociology at GCSE to start this A level course.  Having a good grade in GCSE English and being able to write well is an obvious advantage.

“Sociology is an all-round subject. It goes really well with Psychology and Philosophy and also includes some History, Economics and Politics. In Sociology we learn about things that we can directly relate to. I am looking forward to discussing items in the news and relating it to sociological theories.”

“I’m looking forward to Sociology at QEGS. It will be so interesting to gain a greater understanding of the kind of society we live in and how changes or ideas shape behaviour.”

Miss KL Woodward
Subject Leader of Psychology and Sociology