A Level specification | AQA


Everyday life may appear random and hectic; however, Sociologists believe that we can identify patterns of behaviour. Studying Sociology will make you more aware of the society you exist within which enable you to gain an insight into human social behaviour. By studying Sociology you will learn about a variety of intriguing and fascinating sociological topics such as education, the media, family and criminal behaviour. Throughout this study you will discover how these agents impact on our everyday lives. Students often study Sociology because it opens their minds to concepts and ideas that they have never really considered before.

Content & Breakdown

Year 12 content:

  • Family and Households
  • Education
  • Research Methods.

Year 13 content:

  • The Media.
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.


At AS Level there are two papers, each worth 50% of the AS Level qualification:

  • Paper 1 – Education with research methods
  • Paper 2 – Family with research methods.

At A Level there are three papers, each worth 33.3% of the A Level qualification:

  • Paper 1 – Education with Research Methods
  • Paper 2 – Family and Media
  • Paper 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Careers/Future Education

Students who study Sociology at A Level often continue to study Sociology, English, History, Politics and various other subjects at university. Studying Sociology can lead to a variety of careers which include; politics, teaching, law, policing, social work and health care.

Our Curriculum

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