Sociology is the study of the development, structure and functioning of society. Students who study Sociology develop an understanding of society and people’s behaviour within it. They also learn to question and explore the world around them. Through learning to apply and evaluate their sociological knowledge and understanding, the course prepares students both for the skills required at university and the wider world. Lessons are taught interactively with lots of activities based around group work and discussion.

You may want to know why certain students underachieve at school, what causes crime in society or how the family and childhood has changed over time. Whatever your particular interest, if you would like to better understand the society you live in, Sociology is the course for you!

What students say:

“Sociology is a valuable A level to take. It opens your eyes to how society works and how much diversity we are surrounded by.”

"Sociology has allowed me to develop an open mind. It is an interesting subject that allows you to have a greater understanding of the world, providing you with knowledge that is useful in everyday life."



Head of department – Mrs Z Bhambra

Teacher of Sociology and Psychology – Mrs S Boyle


Curriculum – AS (Year 12)

The course is based on 100% exam at the end of the year.




Length of exam

1½ hours

1½ hours


Education and Methods in Context

Families and Households and Research Methods



Curriculum – A2 (Year 13)

The course is based on 100% exam at the end of the year.




Length of exam

1½ hours

2 hours


Beliefs in Society

Crime and Deviance, Theory and method

The A-level specification followed for Sociology is AQA -



All students within the department visit Gloucester Crown Court for a day to observe cases. This compliments their studies of Crime and Deviance. Further, they have the opportunity to attend a Social Sciences Open Day at the University of Gloucestershire to experience a flavour of Sociology lectures at university.


Extracurricular activities

Every week, a catch up/revision session is run afterschool to give students an opportunity to access extra help and support with their studies. 


Future possibilities

Sociology can lead to many different careers. An understanding of sociological principles would be useful in careers such as teaching, health service related occupations, law (including police) and social work. It is also a useful qualification to have if you are thinking of any career that involves dealing with people (almost everything!).


Should you have any questions, or are interested in taking Sociology A Level, please contact Miss Brannan –