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Exam Board: AQA


Sociology offers a fantastic insight into the functions and roles of institutions within society. It gives students the opportunity to look critically at the role of education, the family, media and law enforcement within British society. Students who take this option will develop the following skills:

  • Analyse, interpret and evaluate sociological theories
  • Evaluate strengths and limitations of sociological research
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of research methods, practical research skills
  • Design and carry out research
  • Analyse and interpret data.


Knowledge, understanding and evaluation will be assessed through three exams at the end of the two year course. There will be continual assessment throughout the course in order to assess progress and prepare students for the exam.

Year 1 (AS) Topics and synopsis of the content



  • Education

An understanding of sociologists view of the role and purpose of education

  • Theory and Methods

An understanding sociological theory and research methods used across the study of society

  • Research Methods in Context with Education

An understanding of research methods used to investigate education

  • Families and Households

An understanding the nature and the role of families and households, the diverse nature of families and reasons for this diversity in modern Britain


Year 2 Topics and synopsis of the content



  • Research methods in context with Crime and Deviance

An understanding the methods sociologists use to research Crime and Deviance in society

  • Sociological Theory and methods

An understanding of sociological theory which underpins sociological thought

  • The Media

An understanding of the role and purpose of the media and the way that it shapes our understanding of society

  • Crime and Deviance

An understanding of who commits crime and for what reasons. Students will also look critically at the issue of power and crime.


Complementary Subjects to study at AS

Psychology, Geography, English, Law, Health and Social Care

Student Views

“I am currently studying Psychology at Aston University. Studying Sociology at Great Barr school has been helpful, because the preparation for the exams allowed me to practice and enhance my writing skills, which I find to be incredibly useful as I am now more confident when writing essays. Not only is sociology useful to me whilst studying for my degree, but will be useful in the future, as it gives a deeper insight into how society operates. Studying Sociology at Great Barr has allowed me to learn about the different positions and roles within society. Sociology has allowed me to become a more independent learner, and has enabled me to think more outside the box!”
Padhiar- Great Barr Sixth Form, 2008/Aston University

Career Pathways

By studying Health and Social Care at AS you are opening a diverse range of career and further education opportunities these include

  • Nursing
  • Teaching
  • Social Work
  • Research
  • Law
  • Social Policy
  • Politics

Further Information

We welcome prospective students to come and visit the Department. We can be found in Delhurst:

Mr Nicholds – room 69

Ms Hall – room 68

Ms Hedderley – Hut 4

Alternatively send us an e-mail:

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