Accessibility links

Sociology AS and Level at Shenley Brook End School

Course description

Sociology is about gaining a critical understanding of the society in which we live,
considering how society shapes people’s ideas and how people interact to shape the
society. Looking historically for explanations and hypothesising solutions to social

Course content

A level Sociology overview

• Education with Theory and Methods: You will consider the role of the education
system, changes in the education system, explanations for why some groups
achieve better than others, different sociological theories on education. You will also look at different methods used by Sociologists to gather data and
understanding of the society around them.  
• Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods: You will investigate different
definitions of crime and deviance, different sociological theories on what is the
cause and role of crime, patterns of offending by different social groups and the
changes in crime. You will also look into the usefulness of official statistics and
how we study crime and its implications.
• Families and Households: Studying the structure of the family, how the family
impacts on the individual and society, how the Government influences family life
and the different sociological views and theories on the family.
• Beliefs in Society: Discussing the relationship between religious belief and
different social groups, the relationship between religion and conflict, the structure
of religious organisations and different sociological perspectives on the role of
religion in society.

Entry requirements

Typical entry requirements are Grade C or above in English and Math. There is no
requirement to have studied Sociology previously, however if taken previously a Grade C or above is required.


Assessed through three exams, all are two hours in length and worth a third of the A level and will be sat at the end of the two year course.

Future opportunities

A level Sociology is a stimulating course in its own right. It also fits well with Geography, History, English and Psychology. It can be valuable when considering a career in areas such as law, criminology, teaching and the civil services.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shenley Brook End School directly.

Last updated date: 09 August 2016
Provider logo

Key information