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What Is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of society, its institutions and the social behaviour of groups of people. Sociology is a social science, using scientific methods of investigation.  It offers insights into social and cultural issues.  It helps you develop a critical approach to such issues as culture, identity, poverty and crime.  Sociology will provide you with a better understanding of the forces at work in society which influence the experiences and opportunities of groups and individuals.

Who Will Enjoy Sociology?

Do you ?

  • Look around you and wonder why our society is as it is?
  • Enjoy current affairs and watching the news?
  • Get involved in debates but is prepared to be open-minded and listen to new explanations?

Are you?

  • Happy to do independent research?
  • Confident in expressing your opinion?
  • Good at listening to the opinions of others?
  • Able to express your ideas clearly in writing?

If you can answer yes to these questions then Sociology might suit you well.

What will I study?


Year 12

Year 13

Education The role that education plays from different perspectives, the reasons behind differential exam results by gender, ethnicity and social class, and the impact that various governments have had on education over the past 50 years.

Media  Students will look at different perspectives on ownership and control of the media, and will look into contemporary media issues such as cyber-bullying and extremism.  Students will be expected to analyse the role of New Media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter and should be able to outline whether the news is a social construction.

Families and Households Students will study how families have changed over recent years.  They will look at the decline of religious values in the West and the impact that lower birth rates, an ageing population and high immigration has had upon society.  Students will look at issues such as domestic violence and will study in depth the changing position of children in our society over time, and contrast this with how children are viewed in other cultures.

Crime & Deviance Students will start by studying different theories in as to why people commit crime, and why there is a marked difference in crime rates between genders, social classes and ethnicities in modern Britain.  Globalisation is a key theme and students will look at the impact of the internet and immigration on crime rates.  Students will also study state crimes such as the Armenian and Nazi genocides and look at how countries have responded to such crimes.

Research  Methods Students will learn about the key research methods in Sociology, as well as carrying out small-scale studies.  The ability to evaluate studies is key in this topic area.

Theory and Methods This unit is a synoptic unit, which draws together knowledge from across the specification to look at how Sociological perspectives and research answer the bigger questions.  Students will look at whether Sociology can be considered a Science, and whether it is possible or even desirable to remain value-free.


Students will sit internal mocks at the end of Year 12, and 3 x 2 hours external exams to gain the AQA Sociology A level qualification.  There is no coursework on this course, although students will gain practical experience by carrying out their own, small-scale research.

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