Sociology A level comprises of two compulsory units combining sociological theory and methods with the study of Education and the study of Crime and Deviance. Two further optional units are studied – Family and Households or Work, Poverty and Welfare and Beliefs in Society or Global Development. The course is examined with 3x 2 hour written exams at the end of two years of study.

Course outline

The A level Sociology course is comprised of two core units, which are Education and Crime and Deviance. Theory and Methods in Sociology are taught in both of these units. Two further units are also studied which will be Families and Households and Beliefs in Society. All units are assessed at the end of two years in three two hour exams with sections that include short and extended answers. Families and Households and Beliefs in Society are assessed in the same paper whilst the two core units have an exam paper each.


You will use course textbooks (which can be accessed online), key research articles, source materials and you will be expected to use the wide variety of sociological material that is on the internet, TV, radio, newspapers and magazines.

Where will it lead to?

A qualification in Sociology has become an important requirement for many ‘people-focused’ careers particularly Health Care, Teaching, Journalism, the Police and Legal professions, Social work, Public relations and Personnel Management. Much of the research into what is happening in our society is carried out by people with a sociological qualification and sociologists are found in Local Government, the Civil Service and advising the Prime Minister, his government and the other major political parties.