Are you interested in people and their behaviour? Then this is the course for you! Sociology is the study of society which looks at how everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, students will study patterns of behaviour within social groups and the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and age on social relationships.

The focus of the course will be the UK, but references will also be made to other cultures. Sociology will allow you to see your social world in a different way. Students often find that their sociological education is not confined to the classroom. The sociological imagination can be used to analyse everything from Netflix shows to social media interactions or a commute through several very different North East neighbourhoods.


A level sociology

Awarding body AQA

Year 12

Families and households.

Education and research methods.

Year 13

Mass media.

Crime and deviance.


Three 2-hour exams.

Education with theory and methods.

Families and households and mass media.

Crime and deviance with theory and methods.

Why study sociology?

This course is for students who are interested in how society works and why particular social events happen. Sociology is also considered good preparation and an acceptable entrance qualification for many courses at degree level.

Common career pathways taken by sociology graduates include journalism, law, PR, marketing, social research, politics, charity, development work, teaching, social work and nursing.

It is also a useful subject for those not wishing to go to university and wanting to follow careers such as the police, armed forces, civil service and working with children or the elderly.