(AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in Sociology)
WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?
Sociology is the study of our society, and the people, groups and institutions within it. In this
dynamic and challenging course you will learn about the ideas, theories and methods of
sociological study. The study of sociology will demand that you think critically about the world
around you and is definitely not a course for the faint-hearted! The Sociology Department follows
the AQA specification. Its emphasis is on students being able to apply their sociological knowledge
to the world about them.
Studying for the full A Level, students will take three examinations at the end of year 2; the
papers are as follows:
Paper 1: Education with Theory and Method
Education: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
Methods in Context: extended writing, 20 marks
Theory and Methods: extended writing, 10 marks
2 hour written paper 33% of total A Level
Paper 2: Topic in Sociology
Families & Households: extended writing, 40 marks
Beliefs in Society: extended writing, 40 marks
2 hours written paper 33% of total A Level
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Method
Crime and Deviance: short answer and extended writing, 50 marks
Theory and Methods: extended writing, 30 marks
Assessment 2 hours written paper 33% of total A Level
WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?
You do not need to have studied this subject at GCSE to study at A Level but you will write many
essays so it is advisable to have a Grade 5 or above in English. You must also be interested in the
society in which you live, and finding out why it operates in the way it does. Sociology is an
academically rigorous course and you should be prepared for such demands.
You are advised to keep abreast of current affairs and issues in order to aid your sociological
thinking and development. An interest in politics is also an advantage as the debates around
social inequality do look at political stances and their ideas around this issue.
Sociology can help lead to careers in journalism, advertising, market research, law, social work,
nursing and teaching, amongst many others. It should be noted that Sociology develops many of
the valuable and critical thinking skills that employers are searching for.