Exam Board: AQA


Entrance requirements:  5+ in English Language or Literature


Course Description:


Year 12:


In Year 12 you will study two topics –Education, Methods in Context’, and ‘Research methods, Families and Households’.  This will then be assessed at the end of the year with two 1.5h exams.

Year 13:

In Year 13, you will deepen your understanding of sociology by studying ‘Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods’, additionally you will study the role of the media in society.  At the end of the Year13, you will sit three examinations – assessing your progress in your understanding of content and sociological skills, from both Year 12 and Year 13.


Why study this course:


‘A’ Level Sociology involves the critical study of people’s behaviour – usually in groups. Sociologists assume human behaviour is learned through the process of socialisation.  So-called “common-sense” or “natural or biological” explanations of human behaviour are seen as inadequate and reductionist.  Bearing these things in mind, Sociologists – or rather you – look at these issues:

  • Why is it that women still take responsibility for housework and childcare?
  • Why do families break up?
  • What is the real purpose of education? Who benefits most from education?
  • Do girls really do better in education?
  • The influence of the mass media on our behaviour
  • Why do we have crime?
  • Who really commits most crime?
  • What caused the riots in August 2011?

By looking at these issues, Sociology contributes to a better understanding of the world in which we live.


Subject suitability for degree or future career:


Sociology can be studied in conjunction with many subject combinations and particularly with Humanities – English/History/Philosophy and Ethics, Psychology & the sciences.  It requires the development of analytical, critical and evaluative skills – all highly regarded by universities and the professions such as Accountancy and Law.  In the past, students who have studied Sociology have gone on to study Business, Criminology, Management, Marketing and Research, Social Policy, Social Work, Sociology, Medicine and Dentistry


Contact Name: Paul Derlacki, pderlacki@lampton.org.uk