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Sociology A Level    studied at ABS and LSU



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6 or above in English language


Families and households

Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:

• The relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and to state policies.

• Changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation, divorce, childbearing and the life course, including the sociology of personal life, and the diversity of contemporary family and household structures.

• Gender roles, domestic labour and power relationships within the family in contemporary society.

• The nature of childhood, and changes in the status of children in the family and society.

• Demographic trends in the United Kingdom since 1900: birth rates, death rates, family size, life expectancy, ageing population, and migration and globalisation.


Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:

• The role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure.

•Differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society.

• Relationships and processes within schools, with particular reference to teacher/pupil relationships, pupil identities and subcultures, the hidden curriculum, and the organisation of teaching and learning.

• The significance of educational policies, including policies of selection, marketisation and

privatisation, and policies to achieve greater equality of opportunity or outcome, for an

understanding of the structure, role, impact and experience of and access to education; the impact of globalisation on educational policy.


Students must examine the following areas:

• Quantitative and qualitative methods of research; research design.

• Sources of data, including questionnaires, interviews, participant and non-participant observation, experiments, documents and official statistics.

• The distinction between primary and secondary data, and between quantitative and qualitative data.

• The relationship between positivism, interpretivism and sociological methods; the nature of ‘social facts’.

• The theoretical, practical and ethical considerations influencing choice of topic, choice of method(s) and the conduct of research.

Methods in context

Students must be able to apply sociological research methods to the study of education.


Crime and deviance

Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:

• Crime, deviance, social order and social control.

• The social distribution of crime and deviance by ethnicity, gender and social class, including recent patterns and trends in crime.

• Globalisation and crime in contemporary society; the media and crime; green crime; human rights and state crimes.

• Crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.

Beliefs in society

Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:

•Ideology, science and religion, including both Christian and non-Christian religious traditions.

• The relationship between social change and social stability, and religious beliefs, practices and organisations.

• Religious organisations, including cults, sects, denominations, churches and New Age movements, and their relationship to religious and spiritual belief and practice.

• The relationship between different social groups and religious/spiritual organisations and movements, beliefs and practices.

• The significance of religion and religiosity in the contemporary world, including the nature and extent of secularisation in a global context, and globalisation and the spread of religions.


Students are expected to be familiar with sociological explanations of the following content:

• Consensus, conflict, structural and social action theories.

• The concepts of modernity and post-modernity in relation to sociological theory.

• The nature of science and the extent to which Sociology can be regarded as scientific.

• The relationship between theory and methods.

• Debates about subjectivity, objectivity and value freedom.

• The relationship between Sociology and social policy.

A description or list of the year 13 course specification


Studying sociology will definitely help develop your essay skills, allowing you to discuss different views on social issues in a critical and evaluative way. Being able to draw on a range of perspectives, evidence and contemporary issues is excellent preparation for university and employment. Sociology provides a strong understanding of social and political issues, past and present.



Some blurb about the exams. Specify the length and weighting of it in relation to the overall A level qualification





Paper 1: Education

with Theory and


Written exam

2 hours

33.3% of A level

Paper 2: Topics in


Written exam

2 hours

33.3% of A level

Paper 3: Crime and

Deviance with

Theory and Methods

Written exam

2 hours

33.3% of A level

A01 Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of sociological theories, concepts and evidence 

A02 Apply sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods to a range of issues

A03 Analyse and evaluate sociological theories, concepts, evidence and research methods in order to: • present arguments • make judgements • draw conclusions.


The study of sociology provides useful skills and knowledge and is relevant to a wide variety of careers including criminology, adult/child-care, early years, and family services, community cohesion and development, education, urban and economic consultancy, corporate social responsibility, criminal justice services / youth justice services, diversity and human rights, economic development, teaching, education and training/lifelong learning, employment services, health services, housing, immigration services, international aid and development, legal services, urban planning and redevelopment, police, policy information and advice, research and policy development, government/politics and journalism.