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Why Sociology?

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.

What do I need to know?

Exam board: We study AQA Sociology.

Entry Requirements: We ask that you meet the standard Sixth Form requirements, and we would prefer you to have grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language.

Key Content: 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.

What is the work like?

As an example of the kind of work that you will cover during the A-Level course, please find to the right the pre-A-Level material that we asked Year 11 to complete before starting their Sociology course with us in September 2020.

Sociology Phase 1Sociology Phase 2Sociology Phase 3

Who do I contact if I have any questions?

Ms Roye will be happy to answer any questions that you might have. You are welcome to email her on

To ask a Sociology student more about the course, please email and they will be happy to help you.


Curriculum Information

Sociology Curriculum

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.