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St Wilfrid's Catholic School

Sociology is a incredibly interesting and relevant subject that looks at the way society and its structures influence your behaviour.

             Mrs Lay
    Subject Leader for 
         Social Sciences

Qualification Information

Entry Requirements:       GCSE Grade  5+ in  English

Length of Course:             2 Years 

Assessment:                      100% Examination 
Components:                     Paper 1: Education, methods in content and theory and
                                              Paper 2: Family and households and belief.
                                              Paper 3: Crime and deviance with theory and methods. 

Qualification:                     AQA A Level Sociology


What will I Study?

The topics are outlined in the components' section above. You will also study key theories such as functionalism, Marxism and feminism and will be expected to apply these to explain aspects of modern society. You will be expected to use a variety of evidence and to be able to evaluate theories consistently.


Am I right for the course?

Are you interested in society, human behaviour and politics? Are you interested in equality and the rights of citizens in society? Are you interested in how structures like the family and the criminal justice system work and how they evolve over time? If the answer to these questions is yes the sociology is for you.


Where next?

Sociology is applicable to further study in law, politics, sociology, health and social care, nursing and education. It is broad enough to offer insight into to all of these areas and is the backbone qualification for solicitors, social workers, teachers and many other professions.


  1. Do I need to have studied sociology at GCSE?
    No, we assume no prior knowledge of the course before you start but due to the difficulty of the course we like to see a 5 in English as there is a significant essay writing element to the course.
  2. What is Sociology?
    Sociology is the study of human behaviour and how society shapes this behaviour. Society means the government, institutions such as family and education and the norms and values of the groups we live in. It is interested in how these structures shape and influence your behaviour and how much control or power we as individuals have over the world in which we live.
  3. Is there anything about criminal behaviour in the course?
    Yes, a whole unit on crime and deviance.

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