What is A level Sociology?

Sociology is the development, structure, behaviour and functioning of human society

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grades 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.

Subject leader

Asma Ali-Rashid

"Sociology will open your mind up through its in-depth study of theories that can be applied to the society that we live in. It changed my perspective, making me question affairs and issues ongoing in our world."

Adhnan Ahmed

what will I study?

Families and Households; in this unit we look at why families are changing, how new family types have emerged and the different views towards these new family types. As well as this, we look at the debate surrounding childhood; is it disappearing? Why are children wanting to grow up a lot faster and does the notion of childhood as we know it exist globally? Education; in a society where free education is provided, why do some students do significantly better than others? We look at the impact of government policies and judge whether they promote equality or create further divisions. For example, has the increase in university tuition fees had a detrimental impact on some students? Beliefs in Society; with religion being in the forefront of a lot of media outlets, we study the importance of religion in society today. We look at what drives people to turn to fundamentalism while others are abandoning religion. We also study smaller religious organisations which are often seen as ‘bizarre’ such as cults and sects – why are they growing and why are they attracting so many members? Crime and Deviance; this unit is perfectly suited for those who have an interest in criminology and why people commit crime. As part of the unit, we will study the inequalities which exist within the criminal justice system and why some people can get away with the crimes they commit while others are harshly punished. Controversial issues such as the death penalty will be debated. This topic will allow you to study contemporary examples and see how the criminal justice system operates on a global scale.

additional activities with this subject

The Humanities Honours Programme encourages you to use your Sociological theories to conduct your own research into the area of crime.


For September 2021


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