A-level Sociology

AQA A-level Sociology is ‘the’ course for students who enjoy working with others and having lively, knowledgeable debates on different social subjects.
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A-level Sociology online course

It’s often said that the function of sociology is to reveal that which is hidden; why do people behave the way they do? What governs our everyday interactions and what drives social change? If you’re fascinated by questions like these, then look no further than AQA A-level Sociology.

As a cornerstone of social science, sociology overlaps several unique disciplines that study society, such as economics, psychology and political science. A-level Sociology provides a range of essential, transferable skills including analysis, problem-solving, critical thinking and research. This A-level Sociology course can prepare you for a successful career in many areas such as marketing, law, community work, and is great for higher education.

What you will learn

  1. Unit 1 - Integral elements of sociology

    • Functionalism
    • Marxism
    • Feminism
    • Social action and interactionist approaches
    • Postmodernism and The New Right Perspective
    • Socialisation, culture, and identity
    • Social differentiation, power and stratification
  2. Unit 2 - Education with methods in context

    • The role and function of the education system
    • Consensus vs conflict theories
    • The hidden curriculum
    • The significance of education policy
    • The marketisation of education
    • The privatisation of education
    • Relationships and processes within schools
  3. Unit 3 - Families and households

    • Social differentiation
    • Reasons for family diversity
    • Social policy
    • Theoretical approaches to family structure
    • Post-modern approach to the family
    • The nature of childhood
    • Demographic trends
    • Industrialisation
  4. Unit 4 - Theories and methods

    • Evaluating observation as a research method
    • Interviews
    • Questionnaires/ social surveys
    • Triangulation
    • Research design
    • Types of data
    • The sampling process
  5. Unit 5 - The media

    • Defining the media
    • The role of media professionals
    • The new media
    • The relationship between ownership and control of the media
    • The media, globalisation and popular culture
    • The processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news
    • Media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability
    • The relationship between the media, their content and presentation, and audiences.
    • Hypodermic Syringe Model
    • Cultural effects model
    • Two-step flow model
    • Selective filter model
    • Reception analysis model
  6. Unit 6 - Crime and deviance

    • Crime, deviance, social order and social control
    • Our perceptions of crime
    • The social distribution of crime and deviance
    • Globalisation and crime
    • Crime control, surveillance, prevention and punishment, victims, and the role of the criminal justice system and other agencies.
  7. Preparing for exam papers

    Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods. Written exam: 2 hours 80 marks 33.3% of A-level.

    Paper 2: Topics in Sociology. Written exam: 2 hours 80 marks 33.3% of A-level.

    Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. Written exam: 2 hours 80 marks 33.3% of A-level.

Awarding Body


AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE coursesIGCSE courses and A-level courses.

Recognised through UCAS


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This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: AQA A-level Sociology, issued by AQA. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.

This syllabus (7192) has been chosen specifically by Oxbridge it is the best suited to online learning and we believe it provides the best chance of success.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You will be required to complete the three written exams:

    • Paper 1: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks.

    • Paper 2: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks.

    • Paper 3: 2 hours, 33.3% of A-level, 80 marks.

Entry requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in English, history is recommended before starting this course. This A-level Sociology syllabus is a difficulty level three: an A-level or BTEC equivalent difficulty, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.

Past Papers

You can access past papers for this course. They are free to access and cover a range of exam boards.

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