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! 

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!). 

Course Outline

The A Level is a two year course which comprises of three units of work: 

Unit 1 – Education and Methods in Context and Research Methods 

Unit 2 – Health and Beliefs in Society 

Unit 3 – Crime and Deviance and theory and methods. 


The A Level is assessed after two years with three written exams, all of equal weighting and each lasting 2 hours. There is no coursework. 


GCSE Grade 6 in English
GCSE Grade 5 in Maths and grade 4 in Science

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.”