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"I love to study people, and that's basically what sociology is".

Sociology encourages learners’ understanding and critical awareness of the social world around them, with a focus on the importance of social structure in explaining social issues.

As a subject it supports students to explore and debate contemporary social issues to enable them to challenge ‘taken for granted’ assumptions and question their everyday understanding of social phenomena. Students will explore a wide range of topics enabling them to progress on to further study of the subject if they choose to. 

The learning within the subject supports our learners’ ability to construct well argued, well-informed, balanced and structured written arguments which reflect and respond to the importance of the issues which we cover.

Our students are encouraged to develop a detailed knowledge of the subject and should be able to link different topics together as they progress through their course. Our use of knowledge organisers creates confidence in this learning.

Sociology challenges learners to reflect on and develop their own values, beliefs and attitudes in light of what they have learnt and contributes to their preparation for adult life in a pluralistic society and global community. Our curriculum develops a range of employable skills: analysis and evaluation, prioritising and supporting arguments. All our learners will also have opportunities to present their ideas and argue their opinions.

Over time students should be able to take their knowledge and discuss the impacts a decision would have on society, whilst developing the evaluation skills necessary to be bale to argue which course of action is the best one and what their decision depends on.

AQA A Level Sociology Specification

Revision and Research Resources

Tutor2U A Level Sociology


Curriculum Map

A level sociology curriculum map