Sociology is the study of society, it seeks explanations for social behaviour and investigates the relationship between individuals and society. It focuses on the social world, to include the influence of families, mass media, education, religion, the criminal justice system, social class, race and gender. Sociologists consider that society as the single most important influence in your life, and would argue that our behaviour can be largely explained by social circumstances and experiences.

A Level Sociology will introduce you to the points of view on society, including those which largely approve of the way it works (Functionalism) to those which argue for change (Marxism and Feminism). There is no absolute right or wrong in Sociology because so much of what we investigate is open to interpretation; it is therefore desirable if students enjoy discussions and debates. By studying Sociology you will learn to think critically and independently about society and your place in it, gain the tools to think for yourself, and develop a critical and informed understanding of the world around you.


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You will study a range of sociological theories, perspectives and methods in order to understand the nature of society. You will answer questions, such as:

  • How can a taste in music influence a person’s identity?
  • Why do working class students achieve lower GCSE grades than middle class students?
  • Can women reach the top positions in society?

AS Unit 1 Acquiring Culture

  • Written exam 1hour 15 mins
  • 15% of qualification

Includes an introduction to the key ideas such as culture and cultural transmission, socialisation and identity.

Option: Families and households

AS Unit 2 Understanding Society and Methods of Sociological Enquiry

  • Written exam 2 hours
  • 25% of qualification

Includes a study of sociological research methods

Option: education

A2 Unit 3  Power and Control

  • Written exam 2 hours
  • 25% of qualification

Option:  Crime and deviance, health and disability, politics or world sociology

A2 Unit 4  Social Inequality and Methods of Sociological Enquiry

  • Written exam 2hours 15 minutes
  • 35% of qualification

An evaluation of a piece of sociological research

A study of inequalities in modern Britain

  • GCE A2 Level in Sociology
    Welsh Joint Education Committee
  • GCE AS Level in Sociology
    Welsh Joint Education Committee

We use a range of teaching methods such as individual and group work, debate, discussion, videos and individual research. You will be expected to complete worksheets, write essays and revise independently as it is essential to consolidate your knowledge after lessons.

It is essential that pupils achieve at least a C grade in English at GCSE as you must have effective literacy skills.  Sociology is assessed by written exams which require coherent, essay-style answers.

It is also important that you have an interest in social issues. You must be open-minded and responsive to new views and ideas, whilst being sensitive to the position of others.

It is possible to go on to study sociology further at University, or related subjects such as, Social Work, Primary Education, Mental Health, Nursing, Criminology, Psychology and Law.

Following university, career routes include: police, social work, teaching, probation work and academic research.

Sociology is a social science and is best combined with subjects such as Biology, English, History, or Health and Social Care.

However, many students combine Sociology with a range of subjects and it is not essential to be studying the above subjects to succeed in Sociology.

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