A-level Sociology


If you are interested in the way people interact in different circumstances, then you will enjoy Sociology. This subject will allow you to explore human social behaviour in the major areas of life in modern societies. You will develop your debating skills, learn how to gather and assess information and how to present a case.

Course type


Course length

A-level: two years

Required qualifications

Five or more A*-C grades at GCSE, including English Language (grade 9-5).

What will I study?

The course will focus on:

  • contemporary social changes
  • why some groups are more powerful than others
  • the Sociology of the family, education, beliefs, crime and deviance
  • societies: are they in conflict or in orderly balance?

On the course you will:

  • study interesting topics such as:
  • who decides what is lawful or criminal?
  • do beliefs divide people or bring them together?
  • does society define who you are, or is it the other way around?
  • take part in group discussions
  • develop your written and oral communication skills
  • build upon your analytical and evaluative skills
  • develop your skills in research methodology

Method of assessment

For A-level you will be assessed by three written examinations at the end of two years.

For AS-level, there are two exams after one year.

There is no coursework involved in this subject.

What will I be able to progress to?

You will be well prepared to progress to university to study related subjects, including Social Research, Social or Health Care, Public Relations, Marketing, Human Resources, the Police Force, Law, Criminology, Media and Journalism. Combined with other A-levels, it will also prepare you for study and compliment a range of other subjects.