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Blackfen School for Girls

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Sociology A Level


Exam board: AQA

Why study this subject:  

Sociology is the study of society, the people and institutions within this.  If you are fascinated by the behaviour of others and why we act the way we do, then Sociology is for you.  Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human behaviour, including the social dynamics of small groups, large organisations, communities, institutions and even entire societies.  Sociologists are motivated by a desire to have a better understanding of the fundamental principles of social life, believing that this understanding will ultimately improve people’s lives through more enlightened and effective ideas and policies. Sociology will give you skills valued by higher education (HE) and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.  You will learn Sociological theories and research and develop skills of application, analysis and evaluation.


Unit 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Unit 2: Families and Households and Beliefs in Society

Unit 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

How will I be assessed:

All exams are taken at the end of your second year (Year 13).  All exams are written and focus on extended essay writing skills

Unit 1: 2 hour exam, 80 marks, worth 33.3% of overall A’ level

Unit 2: 2 hour exam, 80 marks, worth 33.3% of overall A’ level

Unit 3: 2 hour exam, 80 marks, worth 33.3% of overall A’ level

Future course and possible careers:  

Sociology is such a varied A’ Level which gives students a wide range of knowledge and skills.  Sociology trains you to answer the ‘what’, ‘how’ and ‘why’ questions about human societies, giving you a competitive edge in the job market and higher education.  Possible career options include; Administration, Business, Health and Welfare services, Journalism, Public Relations, Police, Research, Education, Civil Service and Government.