Sociology is the study of social factors that shape human behaviour and influence our actions. Sociologists believe that individuals are influenced by a range of external social factors. However, there is much disagreement regarding how and the extent to which this occurs. It is the role of the Sociology student to study, analyse, evaluate and ultimately arrive at clear and distinct judgments about these different perspectives in relation to a wide range of topics and current affairs. In Year 12 students study the sociology of families and households, and education. In Year 13 students study the sociology of the mass media and crime and deviance.
A level Sociology students will also study and evaluate sociological research methods and theories.
Sociology allows students to develop a range of academic skills that are transferable to a wide range of careers and university courses. Students refine their analytical, evaluative and application skills in addition to gaining an invaluable understanding of the social research process.
Sociology complements many other A level subjects including: History, Politics, Psychology, Health & Social Care, and Geography.
5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including English and Mathematics at grades 9-5)
Prior study of Sociology is not necessary but students are expected to have an interest in the world around them and current affairs.
AQA A level Sociology.