Are you interested in people and their behaviour? If the answer is ‘Yes’ then sociology is the course for you! Sociology is the study of society and looks at how everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, we 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 be made to other cultures as well. 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

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5 or above in English Language.

Year 12

Families and Households

Education and Research Methods

Year 13

Mass Media

Crime and Deviance


100% exam based, all exams are 2 hours:

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2: Families and Households and Mass Media

Paper 3: 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.