Sociology is the study of patterns in society. It looks at topics like crime, education, families and religion and asks who wins and loses in these areas.

Entry Requirements

6 in GCSE English Language, OR
6 in GCSE religious studies (with a 5 in English language)


Assessment is through essay based written examinations


Sociology can be studied as a respected degree within itself, or as complimentary to other humanities subjects. The power of argument and debate is useful in a range of occupations.

Sociologists ask questions about how society works and whether certain groups are included or excluded.

The kind of questions sociologists ask include:

  • Is the traditional family dying out? Is this a bad thing?
  • Why do criminal subcultures form?
  • Is our society still biased against women?
  • Can we blame the mass media for terrorism?
  • Are the youth of today any more rebellious than in the past?
  • Do schools actually provide an education that benefits everyone?
  • Why are most prisoners male?
  • Is there still a clear working class and middle class divide in the UK?
  • Why do girls attain higher grades than boys at school?

The subject encourages you to think about what is considered to be normal and then deconstruct this to find the causes of these patterns, often by looking at ethnicity, gender, age and class. You will learn to look at these issues via a range of competing theories from across the ideological spectrum including feminism, marxism and conservatism. A significant aspect of the A level is how to do social research. Using a range of quantitative and qualitative techniques you learn how to collect and analyse data effectively and fairly.