A Level Sociology

Name of course

A Level Sociology

Examining board


AQA (7192)


Link to specification More information about the course can be found from the exam board website here

Course Entry Requirements


Grade 5 or above in GCSE Sociology or above in GCSE English Langiage

Why Sociology?


Studying Sociology will allow you to understand how society is shaped and controlled beneath the surface. It challenges you to think critically and explore phenomena’s such as Crime or the problems of the current Education system in the eyes and imagination of others, these include classical and contemporary studies in Sociology such as Marxism, Feminism, Functionalism, and so on. 

Sociology focuses a lot on essay writing and breaking down conceptual issues, completing/ exploring how to carry out your own research, collaborating understanding from different subjects to have a holistic understanding of the world and so it builds on skills that will without a doubt be useful at University.

Course Content


Year 12

Education Unit with Research Methods Unit
Family unit

Year 13

Crime and Deviance Unit with Theory and Methods Unit
Media Unit

Where could this course lead to?


Sociology is quite a holistic subject and students do pursue Sociology to degree level however most do so by combining Sociology with another subject (usually Criminology or Psychology).

Other than Sociology itself you could pursue:
Social Work
Social Policy

Suggested Reading and resources


  • The Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx
  • The Division of Labour in Society Durkheim
  • Classical Sociological Theory by George Ritzer

Other Specification related books:

  • AQA A-level Sociology Year 1 and AS Student Book by Chapman
  • AQA A-level Sociology Year 2 Student Book by Chapman
  • Sociology for AQA Volume 1: AS and 1st-Year A Level, 5th edition by Browne
  • Sociology for AQA Volume 2: 2nd-Year A Level, 3rd edition by Browne

What our students say about studying Sociology


“Sociology is not only an academically fulfilling subject but also one that allows you to develop holistically! It’s an incredibly stimulating and self-development subject!”