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Key Stage 5 Sociology

Sociology is a subject based on grand theories which have attempted to explain society as a whole, and smaller scale theories which consider the implications of our everyday experiences and interactions. These theories create a secure base upon which key elements of our social world can be applied.


  • Unit 1: Families and Households: This unit includes how the family is in transition and can be defined in many different ways both temporally and spatially, analysing how our families teach us how to behave and function in society and the power struggles that occur between family members.

  • Unit 2: Education with Research Methods: This unit includes evaluating the impact of changes in school systems and policies over the last 100 years and how student interactions with teachers and peers affect the way that they perform. This unit requires students to consider the best ways of investigating education using approved research methodology. Students have the opportunity to conduct their own research within the school to illustrate the findings of key sociologists.


  • Unit 3: Beliefs in Society: Topics include representation of religious beliefs and the implications of the messages we receive daily from these teachings. Students will need to apply different theoretical perspectives critically and suggest other behaviours that mirror religious worship in contemporary society, such as shopping and football fanatics.

  • Unit 4: Crime and Deviance with Research Methods: This contemplates why people commit criminal acts and how they are treated in the criminal justice system. Students will need to critically evaluate the way that crime statistics are sourced and the anomalies in the data that are presented to the public. They will study theoretical perspectives in further detail to consider how these grand theories both support and contradict one another.

Assessment and Examinations (AQA)

AS and A2 courses are examined at the end of Year 13, a total of two examinations are completed for AS students and four examinations are completed for A2 students.

  • Unit 1: Written paper, 1 hour (40% of AS, 20% A2)
  • Unit 2: Written paper, 2 hours (60% AS, 30% A2)
  • Unit 3: Written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes (20% A2)
  • Unit 4: Written paper, 2 hours (30% A2)