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Sociology is about the study of people living together in social groups ranging in size from the family to the nation state. It analyses human behaviour by identifying patterns within social groups and explaining the factors which shape them.

Sociologists study the effect that living in advanced industrial society has on people’s lifestyles and social attitudes, analysing those structures in which they operate in their day-to-day lives.

This course is designed to develop an awareness of cultural diversity, including national and regional differences, to focus on social differences in contemporary society (class, gender and ethnicity), and to apply knowledge and understanding of sociology to everyday life.

Exam board:


Essential Entry Requirements:

Standard Sixth Form requirements

Preferred Entry Requirements:

Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language

Year 1

Module 1 Families and Households – this module examines the distribution of wealth within the UK
Module 2a Education – study of the education system, reasons for underachievement in schools and debates about the role of education.
Module 2b Research Methods – study of sociological methods, their strengths and weaknesses and debates about the influence of science in Sociology

Year 2

Module 1, 2a and 2b as above as well as
Module 3 Media – understanding the role of the media in contemporary society
Module 4 Crime and Deviance – study of crime figures and media images of criminals, the social causes of crime and discussions about appropriate responses to it.


Examination papers 1, 2 and 3 are sat in Year 13 and are 2 hour exams.

Additional Costs

We provide:  In class access to:-

Sociology For AQA Vol 1- 1st Year

Sociology For AQA Vol 2- 2nd Year

Other costs:  To be met by students

It would be highly advantageous to buy the additional course textbook published by Napier Press

Bk 1- £24 - Year 1

Bk 2- £24 - Year 2

Optional purchase of Haralambos and Holborn to enable students to pursue wider reading -£5

A visit to a place of sociological interest is offered each year.