A Level Sociology

Course Content

Year 12

Unit 1

Students will study Education and methods in context: They will consider the role of education in society. For example as part of their studies they will look into gender and ethnicity differences in school achievement. They will also learn how to apply their own sociology research methods to the study of education.

Students also study Research methods: They will learn how to conduct their own sociological research, from interviews to reviewing documents and official statistics.

Unit 2

Students will also study one of the following optional topics:

  • Culture and identity
  • Families and households

Year 13

Unit 3 Crime and deviance with theory and methods: Students learn about criminal and deviant behaviour, including factors that might lead a person to follow this path in life and how the media portrays them.

Students will also study Theory and methods: They will expand on their knowledge of research methods and study theory and methods. Students will also study one of the following optional topics:

  • Beliefs in society
  • Global development

How will students be assessed?

At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of the A-level grade. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 80 marks each. The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions

Extra Curricular Opportunities

In Year 12 students visit the Old Bailey in Central London and a Criminology Conference

In Year 13 students will have the opportunity to visit the USA.