Sociology is the study of human behaviour and how we construct the societies we live in. It is concerned with the study of social institutions. Sociology tries to understand how these various social institutions operate and how they relate to one another, for example the ways in which the family might influence how well children perform in the education system. Sociology is also concerned with describing and explaining the patterns of inequality, deprivation and conflict which are a feature of nearly all societies. Studying Sociology will enable you to discuss social issues in a more informed and systematic way and it will help you to make sense of your own and other people’s experiences.

The AQA A’level specification teaches students the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by Higher Education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. The A’level is made up of 3 exam papers and cover the following units:

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology. At The Wellington Academy we study Families and Households and The Media.

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

For further details of the course see: AQA | Sociology | AS and A-level | Sociology