Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Sociology

Course Overview

  • A level Sociology offers an engaging and effective introduction to the subject. Students develop knowledge and understanding about society and how sociologists study. The course will help students understand society’s structures, processes and issues in more depth.

Qualification Details

  • Qualification: Advanced Subsidiary GCE in Sociology
  • Exam Board: AQA


Course Teacher Profile

Miss P. West

Miss P. West


Miss West is the Curriculum Team Lead for Sociology in the Amethyst Sixth Form

Course Requirements

To enrol for the A Level Sociology course you must have the following…

  • History/Geography Grade 6
  • English Grade 5
  • Maths Grade 5
  • Must have GCSE Humanities

Year 1 Summary

  •  Students study three topics:

    1. Education and methods in context – The education system, differential achievement of groups in society and how research is conducted within education settings.

    2. Research methods – how sociologists study sociological issues, the practical, ethical and theoretical implications.

    3. Families and Households – Family structure and changes to the family due to increasing diversity. Roles and functions of the family. Childhood and social policy affecting families.

AS Sociology is examined through two papers each 1.5 hours long;

  • Paper 1 Education with methods in context
  • Paper 2 Topics in Sociology (Families and Households) with Research Methods.

Year 2 Summary

Students study a further three topics:

1. Theoretical perspectives in sociology – from Functionalism and Marxism to Social action theory, Feminism and Postmodernism.

2. Crime and Deviance – Theories and patterns of crime, crime control, prevention & punishment, crime in contemporary society, the social distribution of crime.

3. The Media – New media and ownership and control of the media, selection and presentation of the news, representation of groups in the media and the relationship between the media and its audience.


A Level Sociology is examined through three papers each 2 hours long.

  • Paper 1 Education with Methods in context
  • Paper 2 Topics in Sociology -Families & Households and The Media
  • Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Careers and Next Steps

  • A Level Sociology lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education.
  • Sociology is a great choice of subject for people who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine.
  • Sociology is also useful in a number of other careers, like marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law or teaching.

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