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Aims and Objectives

Sociology is the study of society, it focuses on how social factors influence human behaviour and the way society shapes the way that people live.

Sociology encourages an understanding of the nature and significance of cooperation and conflict and continuity and change, including individual and social differences in the students’ own and other societies. It encourages students to analyse critically the nature and source of information and to base judgements and arguments on evidence. Students have the opportunity to reflect on their own experiences of the social world in which they live and to acquire knowledge and develop skills and that enable them to play informed roles within the community.

Future Opportunities

Sociology develops many different skills that can be transferred across a wide range of different A levels and Vocational A levels such as analytical skills, communication skills and problem solving skills. Sociology gives students the opportunity to distinguish between primary and secondary sources of data and to describe the use, value and limitations of the latter

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

At Key stage 4 students have the opportunity to study Sociology GCSE, it is designed to enable students to develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students' lives.


Written examination 100%

Unit 1: Studying society; Education; Families

Written paper- 1 hour 30 minutes

Topic 1- candidates answers all questions

Topic 2 and 3- candidates answer six compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two

Unit 2: Crime and Deviance; Mass Media; Power and Social inequality

Written paper- 1 hour 30 minutes

Candidates choose three topic areas from four options

For each topic candidates and six compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two


Key Stage 5 Curriculum

A-level Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods. Students are encouraged to demonstrate the application of a range of sociological skills and consider the integration of the key themes socialisation, culture and identity and social differentiation, power and stratification.


Year 1 AS standalone Qualification

Paper 1:

Education with methods in context

Paper 2:

Research methods and Families and households

Both exams are 1 hour and 30 minutes long and are worth 60 marks

Year 2 A level Sociology

Paper 1:

Education with methods in context

Paper 2:

Families and households


Paper 3:

Crime and deviance with theory and methods

All three A level exams are 2 hours long and are worth 80 marks




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