Sociology is the study of human society and behaviour, including the way that factors like gender, wealth, class and ethnicity effect education, opportunities, identity, crime etc.
Studying Sociology at A level enables students to understand and reflect on life in contemporary Britain and the world around them. It also fosters valuable analytical skills such as investigating facts, critical thinking and forming strong, persuasive arguments.
At school we follow the AQA exam board (Sociology 7192), and the course is assessed through three exams at the end of year 13. Each exam is two hours long, and they cover the following topics:
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
Paper 2: Culture and Identity and Beliefs in Society
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Past papers and mark schemes are available at on the AQA A-Level Sociology link.
To succeed at A Level in Sociology, as well as working hard in lessons and completing homework, students should be prepared to read widely to develop their interest in current affairs, issues, policy and society and to think critically about what they see and read.
Newspapers or online news apps are a good starting point, but you could also try the following books and websites:
Less than a week to go until the curriculum to careers event. This is a chance for teachers and students to listen to panellists who are planning to take sociology at degree level, third year undergrads and people in full time employment who have used their sociology background to carve out careers using their sociological knowledge and skills.
The event will be recorded if you cannot attend to live. But if you do and can attend live, sign up here.
Podcast summaries of Sociology