Course Detail

Sociology is the study of society, communities and social groups. We focus on understanding social inequality and seek to question taken for granted assumptions about the world in which we live. Over the two year course you will study: key concepts, such as norms, values and culture; core sociological theories, such as Marxism, functionalism and feminism; the changing nature of the family in Britain; the impact of globalisation and digital technology; and the role of the education system in a developed society.

Within sociology you will learn that it is your social world that has shaped you into the person you are today. If you’re interested in learning about your world, then sociology is the subject for you.

The A-Level course covers:

  • Socialisation, culture and identity, including families.
  • Researching and understanding social inequality
  • Debates in contemporary society, including globalisation and the digital world and the education system.

Additional Entry Requirements

GCSE English: 5

All A-Level courses are two year courses. You will sit the AS exams at the end of Year 12 and the A-Level exams.

Required grades for English and Maths may be revised in August 2017.

How will I be assessed?

At the end of Year 12 you will be assessed through two written examinations each lasting 1.5 hours. Your result from these examinations will form your AS grade.

At the end of Year 13 you will have three written examinations each lasting 1.5 hours; your result from these examinations will form your final A-level grade. Although there is no coursework, sociology is an essay based subject. In each of your exams you will be required to write in-depth, well-structured and coherent essays and be able to argue from a range of different sociological perspectives. at the end of Year 13. Although the AS grade will not count towards your final A-Level grade, you will need at least a grade D at AS to be able to continue into Year 13.

Where can this course take me?

Sociology is an excellent foundation for many university degrees due to the wide range of transferable skills you will develop. Skills include presenting a clear argument, writing a coherent essay, extracting key points from dense text, debating ideas as part of a group and evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of complex theoretical arguments. You will also learn to design and conduct your own research, using a variety of different research methods. The skills and knowledge you will acquire are valued by employers from various sectors, such as social work, marketing and advertising, journalism, education, the criminal justice system and public relations. Sociology A-Level is also useful for students wishing to study subjects such as sociology, psychology, history, geography or law at university.


King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy is registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee. Company number 07002160. Registered office: Foundation Office, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, B15 2UD. Academy tel: 0121 464 4428.

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