A-Level Sociology

Examination Board: AQA


Course summary

A-level sociology is a fascinating and multifaceted discipline which challenges students on what they think they know. It is a broad subject providing students with the core basis to analyse and evaluate all aspects of society. It helps students to not only better understand the world around them but also their own lives. The course equips students with both tangible and intangible skills. Tangible skills include research skills, such as the ability to conduct data analysis, evaluation and analytical skills as well as critical analysis. Students will engage in healthy debate and discuss basis for arguments with ease. 

Introduction and Structure

Sociology is the study of society, people and their behaviour to which sociologists create theories to explain behaviour and the workings of society. The role of the sociologist is vast and can be engaged with both theoretical and practical change. Sociologists may differ in the way they see social phenomena but being able to understand these viewpoints and reach judgements is a key part of the A-level. The course requires students to be engaged in contemporary issues in areas such as, but not exclusive to, politics, economics and history. The course provides students with a platform to critically engage in the world around them and to offer opportunities to foster change.   

Course Content

Year 12

  • education with theory and methods
  • families and households

Year 13

  • crime and deviance with theory and methods
  • beliefs in society


Three two hour written examinations, each worth 80 marks/one third of the full A-level.

Careers and Progression

Sociology can be used in a multitude of career options after further education. It develops a useful range of employable skills for further study at degree level or vocational training including effective communication; collaborative and independent learning; research, analysis and evaluation, and presentation skills. Career opportunities are wide ranging including social researcher, policy and planning for government agencies, charities and pressure groups; work in the media and cultural organisations, public services such as police, health and welfare providers, teaching and legal professions. Commercial organisations employ sociologists to research for advertising, marketing and retail industries.

Entrance Requirements

Minimum requirement: 6 GCSEs Grades 9-4 (or equivalent), including Grade 4 or above in English and maths

Strongly recommended: Grade 5 in English