An introduction to A-level Sociology

A brief overview from our A-level teachers.

What does it involve?

Sociology is the study of society and how people group together based on relationships, interests and beliefs. The content of the A-level course is diverse and taught in a modular structure over the two years.

Over this period, students will examine topics such as crime, religion, family, the state, race, social class and power, control within society and social divisions. They will also have the opportunity to examine research design and apply various methods to the topics above. In Year 13, students will conduct their own small scale educational research within our junior school.

Sociology is an exciting A-level which encourages lively discussion in small group settings. Students will require the ability to present clear and concise arguments, both verbally and in writing.

How is it assessed?

Sociology A-level is assessed by three equally weighted papers at the end of the two-year course.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students who wish to study Sociology at A-level will require English GCSE at Grade 6 or above.

University or employment prospects?

A degree in Sociology could lead to jobs in social services, the education, criminal justice or welfare services, in government, counselling, charities or the voluntary sector.

The study of Sociology develops a wide set of transferable skills such as team- work and communication skills, argument formation and development, a high level of written communication, the ability to empathise with various perspectives and engage in critical dialogue, along with the ability to demonstrate initiative, tolerance and support. Sociology is beneficial, therefore, for those wishing to pursue a career in business, law, teaching, marketing, design, social care, policy making, and jobs in the charity sector.