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In sociology you will look at a range of issues across education, family, media and crime. You will look at issues such as:

  • Why are males more likely to commit crime than females?
  • How are certain groups targeted by the police?
  • How is the media controlled by wealthy businesses?
  • How does our education system teach us to conform in society?
  • In what way is the idea of childhood disappearing?

Why choose this?
Sociology encourages you to think about your role in society and how your identity is shaped by age, ethnicity and social class. You will examine interactions on a small scale and a large scale, gaining a greater understanding of how people interact in different ways in different social situations. This will help understand how British society operates and why inequalities develop in society.

Former students have gone on to study a wide range of subjects including criminology, politics, international relations, psychology and social policy. Sociology is also studied as part of the training for many jobs including business management, advertising, journalism, prison work, teaching, law, nursing, the police and social work.

Areas of study & assessment
Areas of study:
Education, Family and households, Crime and deviance, Media

100% examination at the end of Year 13.


  • Visit to Birmingham Crown Court
  • Option to visit UK Parliament
  • Visiting lecturers from Birmingham City University
  • Masterclass visits to University of Birmingham/BCU

Studying A Level sociology has allowed me to gain a greater insight into how society functions and what I find most enjoyable about studying it is that I am able to look at events happening around the world in modern society and question why it is occurring. The fact that we study a variety of institutions such as education, family, crime and mass media has given me a rounded and objective view of how we use and operate within these spheres. I would recommend studying A level sociology because, not only is it enjoyable learning about how society functions and the different perspectives taken, but it builds up core skills such as critical thinking, being able to interpret information and apply it to everyday situations, as well as developing independent learning and communication skills.

A Level Sociology student