Course: AS and A2

Sociology is the study of the individual and society. It focuses on interactions within the local and global community. The subject aims to provide pupils with evaluative and analytical skills, as well as encouraging them to tackle some of the perplexing questions they will face in their formative years, and later on into adulthood.

Sociology is very popular nationally as an A level subject, with many students achieving excellent outcomes. It is now firmly embedded as a noteworthy A level subject, with all universities seeing it as an excellent foundation for humanities based degrees.

What are the entry requirements?
You will need to have achieved a B in either your English Literature or Language exams; this is inclusive of your 5 A – C grades at GCSE.

How long is the course? 
1 year for AS and a further 1 year for a full A Level.

What topics will I study? 
This is a linear course, and it is split into three Units of work.

AS Level

  • Unit 1: Culture, Identity and Socialisation
  • Unit 2:  Researching and understanding social inequalities


  • Unit 3: Debates in contemporary society- Crime and Deviance (in addition to an assessment of the previous AS Units of work)

How is the course assessed? 
During your first year you will study two Units of work, with two exams in June. In the second year you will study a further Unit of work, and this will be assessed in June in addition to assessment of the first two Units.

Career Pathways
Sociology in conjunction with your other A Levels opens the door to a wide range of humanities based degrees at university, ranging from studying Sociology, Criminology and Media, to more traditional subjects like Geography and History. Sociology A Levels as a package with other subjects also provide a pathway on to more vocational degrees like Law, business management , film, media and Journalism. All of the above leave Sociology students ideally placed to find jobs in the Legal professions, media, management, social work and teaching and educational establishments.

Why pick Sociology at A Level?
Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do you enjoy subjects that allow you to discuss and debate topical and controversial issues?
  • Are you naturally inquisitive about the everyday world in which you live?
  • Do you enjoy learning about a range of different topics?
  • Do you enjoy being involved in an investigative approach to your learning?

If the answer to these questions is yes, then studying sociology at A level will be a challenging yet enriching and enjoyable experience for you.