Sociology – ‘The Study of Society’

Sociology focuses on the relationships between individuals and society. It revolves around examining how personal attitudes and experiences relate to wider issues, understanding how group phenomena can give collective meaning to an individual’s actions.

AQA A-Level Sociology is a popular course offered to students at the King’s Academy Sixth Form.  It is a discipline delivered by two subject specialists. Sociology is a popular course choice in Further and Higher Education, owing to its breadth of study, human interest, and relevance to everyday life.  It enjoys support from a diverse range of employers who value the requisite skills set and high level of academic rigour.


Course structure and content

Students sit exams in three equally weighted units at the end of the two year course. The units include:-

Paper 1

Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2

Family and Households

Stratification and Differentiation

Paper 3

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods


Sociology & related careers

Advice worker, Community development worker, Family support worker, Further education teacher, International aid/development worker, Social researcher, Social worker, Youth worker.

Year 12 Education Family and Households
Class Differences in Achievement (External Factors) Couples
Class Differences in Achievement (Internal Factors) Childhood
Ethnic Differences in Achievement Theories of the Family
Gender Differences in Education Demography
The Role of Education in Society Changing Family Patterns
Local Governor Family Diversity
Families and Social Policy
Research Methods
Participant Observations
Secondary Sources
Theory and Methods
Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
Sociology and Science
Objectivity and Values
Action Theories
Globalisation, Modernity and Postmodernity
Social Policy
Year 13 Crime and Deviance Stratification and Differentiation
Functionalist and Strain and Subcultural  Theories Social Class, Gender, Ethnicity and Age
Interactionalism and Labelling Theory Dimensions of Inequality
Class, Power and Crime The problem of Defining and Measuring Social Class, Occupation, Gender and Social Class
Realist Theories of Crime Changes in the Structures of Inequality
Gender, Crime and Justice The Nature and Extent of Significant Patterns
Ethnicity, Crime and Justice
Crime and Media
Control, Punishment and Victims