Mrs L Read
Mr A Walton
Ms L Robinson


Sociology is a social science. It seeks to gain understanding of the changing nature of modern human societies. It looks at how people live, behave and work together in groups. It asks questions about the world that we live in and tries to explain why society is the way it is. Its content overlaps with the related disciplines of Economics, Politics, Psychology, History, Anthropology and Law.

In the A level course, we seek to answer such questions as:

Why are most convicted criminals young working class males?
Why do girls do better than boys in education?
Does religion still have a place in society?
To what extent should sociology be considered a science?
Is the family in decline or just changing?


1. Education with Theory and Methods
2. Families and Households
3. Beliefs in Society
4. Crime and Deviance within Theory and Methods


In class, you will be involved in discussions and activities to deepen understanding of issues and arguments. Assessment is by an externally marked examination paper for each unit. There is no coursework for the course.


Sociology is intellectually demanding and will teach you to question the world around you. Sociology is excellent intellectual training that sharpens interpretive and analytical skills, you will also learn essay technique and how to respond to information. It is a discipline that is valued and recognised preparation for a wide range of university degree subjects. Sociology students go on to a hugely diverse range of careers from jobs in the health service, to police work, social work, to teaching and jobs in the media.