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Sociology A Level (AQA) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

Sociology is broadly speaking, the study of society or the individual in society. It looks, at the relationship between society and individuals, from a variety of different perspectives using the topics of poverty, education, crime and global development as a focus. As things in the social world are socially constructed, i.e. not real or tangible, then sociology provides a valuable insight into the social world around you and the realisation that few things in life have right or wrong answers, just different views on them. Overall, sociology allows students to develop a framework for critically examining the social world.

Sociology fits well with all other social science subjects, as well as the humanities, English and even the sciences.

Course content

Year 12

Culture and Identity - How do individuals become who they are? Do different cultures create different individuals or are there similarities? How do various social institutions such as Family, Education and the Media help to shape our identities.

Education - What is the purpose of the education system? Why does it seem to fail boys, the working classes and certain ethnic minority groups? How have government policies attempted to improve education and have they worked?

Year 13

Global Development - Reasons behind the global inequalities in wealth and health. What is development and is it desirable? Does aid help or hinder development? The effect of globalisation etc. This unit attempts to critically evaluate the notion of development and the relationships between societies at a global level.

Crime and Deviance - What is crime and deviance? Who are the criminals? Why are they criminals? In this unit, we critically investigate the notions of deviance, how and by whom it is defined and why people do, or don't commit crime


Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

Although no previous knowledge of Sociology is expected, students must have a minimum of 5 GCSE grades 4 - 9 or equivalent including English.You must also be prepared to learn, take part and involve yourself in what is a fascinating subject.


You will be assessed at the end of the 2 year course through 3 examinations.  Each examination is wort one third of the total grade.

Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.

Future opportunities

It would be unfair to suggest that an A level in sociology will get you a job directly. However, that is also true of other A levels. Sociology does however provide you with good analytical thinking skills which are sought after by universities and employers. Obviously, many of our students follow degrees in sociology or combined degrees involving sociology at university.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years

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