Examination Board & Code : AQA 7191 and 7192
Length of Course : 2 Years to full A level

What is A level Sociology about? 

If you want to study something you’ve never experienced before than A level Sociology is for you.  Sociology is an exciting field of study which examines human social relationships and institutions. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from the family to the education system, from the divisions of race and social class to the study of religion and crime and deviance. Sociology examines the methods of investigation used to study society and how human action and consciousness shape and influence social structures.   

Is this course for me?

Are you motivated, enthusiastic, dedicated and not afraid to work hard?  If you answered yes, then Sociology is the right choice for you. You need to have good communications skills and meet the minimum academic standards set out in our sixth form entry requirements. You should have a proactive interest in current affairs using media knowledge.

What else do I need to know?

There is no coursework. It is 100% exam based. Also, Subject to approval there may be an opportunity for a trip linked to the course units studied.

Where could it lead?

Sociology links well with other Arts and Humanities subjects such as English, History, Geography and Psychology, Philosophy and Ethics yet it also complements subjects such as Economics, Politics and Mathematics.  It prepares students very well for a range of careers relating to Human Resources, Social work, Teaching, Criminology, Law, Journalism, Politics, Finance and Management.

How is the course structured?

Unit Content 

Unit Assessment

Paper 1:  Education with methods in context
The role and functions of the education system including its relationship to the economy and class structure, different educational achievement by social class, gender and ethnicity. The significance of educational policies.
33.3% of A Level
2 hour exam


(A01- 50% - A02 – 50%)



Paper 2:  Two topics: Families and Households and Beliefs in Society
The relationship of the family to the social structure and changes in society.  Topics include changing patterns of marriage, diversity of contemporary families and demographic change.

Beliefs in Society   covers ideology, science and religion,  the relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations, the relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices and the significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world. 


33.3% of A Level

2 hour exam




(A01 – 50%- A02 – 50%)



Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.
The social distribution of crime relating to age, class, gender, ethnicity and location; globalisation and crime in contemporary society such as green crime and human rights; crime and the judicial system.

33.3% of the total

2 hour exam

 A level (A01 – 50% - A02- 50%)