Sociology A level (AQA)

The study of Sociology must focus on contemporary society and foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity.

It must provide an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. Students must be encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world.

The specification has been designed with the clear objective of addressing the requirements above and will encourage students to:

acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and social changes
appreciate the significance of theoretical and conceptual issues in sociological debate
understand and evaluate sociological methodology and a range of research methods through active involvement in the research process
develop skills that enable individuals to focus on their personal identity, roles and responsibilities within society
develop a lifelong interest in social issues.

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

2 hour written exam

80 marks

 33.3% of A-level

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology

2 hour written exam

80 marks

 33.3% of A-level

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

2 hour written exam

80 marks

33.3% of A-level


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Peter Holt