A Level Sociology

Entry Guidance

Entry requirement for progression onto A Level Sociology is an interest in social sciences and an ability to study and work independently with 5 GCSE’s at grade C or above including English and Maths.

Typical Syllabus Outline

A-level Sociology offers students the opportunity to develop the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods. It is designed to encourage students to demonstrate the application of a range of skills and consider the integration of sociological themes:

  • socialisation, culture and identity
  • social differentiation, power and stratification.


The course will be assessed through the examination.

Structure of the Course

Introducing socialisation, culture and identity

Themes developed through the context of one of three options:

•• Families and relationships

•• Youth subcultures

•• Media

Research methods and researching social inequalities

Understanding social inequalities

Globalisation and the digital social world

Debates explored through a detailed study of one of three options:

•• Crime and deviance

•• Education

•• Religion, belief and faith


The specification provides a smooth transition from GCSE Sociology, although this is not a requirement for studying AS or A-level Sociology. The specification also lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education.