A-Level Sociology

Did You Know?

Martin Luther King, Jr. earned his first degree in Sociology before pursuing the study of Theology, becoming a civil rights leader and activist, and receiving the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board


Sociology has given me an insight into different points of view on important social topics such as class differences, education, ethnicity and gender. Sociology has enabled me to think more critically and become more open minded due to learning more about how society is shaped. - Amen Ali, lower sixth student



Assessment: 100% exam 

PAPER 1 – Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
2 hour written exam - 80 marks, 33.3%


Education: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks
Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology
2 hour written exam - 80 marks, 33.3% 

Section A: extended writing, 40 marks
Section B: extended writing, 40 marks

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
2 hour written exam - 80 marks, 33.3%

Crime and Deviance: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
Theory and Methods: extended writing, 30 marks

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.

What will I study?

Sociology is an exciting subject which helps you to answer questions like: Why do we have to go to school? Why do we live in families? What are the benefits of religion? Why do some people commit crime? Sociology will make you question things you may have taken for granted. Sociology helps you develop analytical, critical ways of thinking, beneficial across many subjects. You will develop your essay writing and verbal communication skills. You need an open mind and to be keen to see things from different viewpoints. An interest in the world we live in is vital, as is an interest in people, their actions and interactions.

What next?

Sociology provides excellent skills for most university degrees especially the social sciences, anthropology, and criminology. Students may follow careers in social work, law, journalism, caring professions, policing, the Civil Service, advertising, market research, teaching, and business.

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