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What is Sociology?

Sociology is study of social behaviour, or society. Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does. They study the way that both behaviour and opportunities can be influenced by age, social class, age, gender and race. Studying A level Sociology will help you understand the ways in which individual lives are shaped by social institutions such as the media, the education system and religion. You will also study important contemporary problems such as poverty, religious extremism and crime. Through the study of Sociology, you will develop a range of transferable skills, including the ability to construct and deconstruct arguments both orally and written, analyse information critically and present information logically. You will also study both qualitative and quantitative research methods, so that you are able to statistically analyse data as well as understand how to undertake questionnaires and interviews.

AQA A-Level Sociology

  • Paper 1: Education with theory and methods. This paper investigates the role of the education system and recent changes in educational policies. In addition, you will learn about the different educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity as well as relationships that occur within schools, such as the teacher/pupil relationship.
  • Paper 2: Research methods and topics in Sociology. Topics studied include culture and identity, families and households, health, the media, global development and beliefs in society.
  • Paper 3: Crime and deviance with theory and methods. This paper focuses on crime patterns, the relationship between the media and crime, human rights crimes and state crimes. It also investigates responses to crime such as surveillance, prevention and punishment and the role of the criminal justice system.

Learning about research methods is a theme that you will investigate throughout the course.

Careers and Prospects

Jobs directly related to studying sociology at degree level include being a family support worker, social worker, youth worker, FE teacher and an international aid worker. In addition, a Sociology qualification provides you with skills and knowledge which are useful in a wide range of areas including a probation officer, human resources officer, charity fundraiser and a public relations officer.


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