Sociology

Course Full Title: A Level Sociology

Exam Board: AQA

Specification Code: 7192


Why study sociology?


“The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden” – Pierre Bordieu

Sociology is the study of modern British society and how it is structured. It explores social changes over time to analyse how this has impacted the way we experience life. It aims to understand connections and patterns in human behaviour and analyses our life chances and outcomes in relation to social characteristics such as gender, social class, age and ethnicity.


What will I study over the two years?


Year 12 Autumn Term – Families and Households
Year 12 Spring Term – Education
Year 12 Summer Term – Research methods
Year 13 Autumn Term – Beliefs in society
Year 13 Spring Term – Crime and Deviance


What makes a good sociology student?


Someone who can, or wants to learn how to, think critically, question every-day assumptions and solve problems. Sociology is a theory based, academic subject and therefore the ability to write clearly structured and analytical essays is necessary.


Where could sociology take me?


Sociology equips students with a set of skills that make suit any profession that involves working with individuals and groups of people and understanding their behaviour. People who study sociology have experience in a wide variety of jobs such as community and social work, teaching, market research, journalism, law, police, probationary and prison officers and human resources.


What are the entrance requirements?


  • Grade 5 or above in Sociology (or English Language if not studied)
  • 5 or more grades 5-9; including equivalents across at least 5 subjects
  • Maths and English Language Grade 4 or above
  • Average GCSE GRADE of at least 4.0 (average of ALL GCSE full courses taken)


If you have any questions about our Sociology A Level please email Miss Aylwin raylwin@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk, who would be very happy to answer any questions.