A-Level Sociology

Exam board: AQA

Course components:

Paper one: Education with theory and methods: 33.33% of the overall qualification, 2 hours, 80 marks

Paper two: Topics in Sociology: Families and Households and Beliefs in Society 33.33% of the overall qualification, 2 hours, 80 marks

Paper three: Crime and Deviance with theory and methods: 33.33% of the total qualification, 2 hours, 80 marks

General information:

Sociology allows students to critically analyse the world around them. Sociologists are interested in patterns of behaviour which are learned, and examine questions such as: what makes a criminal? Does the law reflect everyone’s needs in society? Is religion in decline? Do rich people exploit poor people?
Sociologists study a wide range of topics, enabling students to consider many different aspects of society across the two year course. Students will learn about how sociologists conduct research in to different social issues and construct theories based on their findings. This will include an in depth look at a number of core perspectives such as functionalism, Marxism and Feminism, and consider how whether they are still relevant today.

The first year involves students learning about two very familiar topics (families and education) from the unfamiliar, sociological perspective. This will allow them to build up their sociological skills of analysis and evidence-based evaluation, before tackling more unfamiliar topics in year two. This year will consist of studying religion and other beliefs in society and final topic on crime and deviance.
This course is suitable preparation for study at university and can lead to a number of courses on offer such as Anthropology, Criminology, Social Work, Education studies and Journalism to name but a few.


Year 12

Year 13


Families and Households: Couples, childhood, theories of the family, demography.

Beliefs in society: Religion and globalisation, Religious Organisations, Ideology and science


Families and Households: Changing family patterns, family diversity, families and social policy

Crime and Deviance: Functionalist theories, interactionism and labelling theory, Marxist theories, left and right realism


Education: Social class, gender and ethnic difference in achievement

Crime and Deviance: Patterns of crime – social class, gender and ethnicity, crime and the media, globalisation and crime, control and punishment.


Education: Role of education in society, Education policy and inequality

Sociological theory and revision


Research methods: applied to the education topic



Beliefs in Society: Theories of religion, religion and social change and secularisation