Why study Sociology?

Sociology is a popular subject at A-level. The skills and knowledge you can acquire from the study of Sociology will equip you with a life-long understanding of the society in which we live.

Sociology will offer you an insight into the social and cultural issues that you come across on a daily basis. It is designed to enhance your understanding of the society in which we live and to encourage you to think critically. More than once during the course you will find yourself asking ‘Why?’ ‘Why is there so much inequality?’ or ‘Why is knife crime such a big problem among young people?’

By the end of the course you will have the knowledge to be able to explain some of these social issues and others that exist in society today.


Key Documents
Learning Journey Progression Model Assessment Map



Course Content

Year 12
We will study 3 components:

  • Family
  • Education
  • Research Methods

Education – We will examine sociological explanations for the role of education in society and study the ways in which social class, gender and ethnicity influence achievement.

Families and Households – We will look at sociological explanations of the family and issues including family diversity, patterns of marriage and divorce, gender roles in the home and childhood.

Education Knowledge Organiser

Theory and Methods Knowledge Organiser

Family Knowledge Organiser

Year 13
We will study 3 components:

  • The Media
  • Crime & Deviance
  • Sociological Theory

The Media – We will study trends in ownership and control of the media, the relationship between the media and its audience and the way in which age, ethnicity, sexuality and gender are represented in the media.

Crime and Deviance – We analyse and evaluate a range of explanations for many types of crime. Factors that influence people to commit crime are also studied including explanations such as, gender, class, age and the influence of the media.

Crime Knowledge Organiser

Media Knowledge Organiser


Higher Education and Career Prospects:
Sociology is a subject which is valued by universities and employers. Students who study Sociology will develop skills such as, reasoning, evaluation and analysis, as well as a better understanding of people and the world around them.

It is an ideal foundation for a career in law, police, journalism, media, research, marketing, social work and many more.

Sociology Bridging Course


AQA specification

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