What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human group behaviour. We aim to discuss questions like:

  • Are we affected by what we watch on TV?
  • Why is there so much crime in London?
  • Why do women do most of the ironing?
  • Why do so few girls study Physics and Chemistry?
  • Can we believe what we read in the papers?
  • Why are the rich getting richer while the poor are getting poorer?

At Queen’s Gate, the Sociology course combines class discussions and debates with careful study of what sociologists have said about each topic.  Students learn to see everyday life from different points of view, and not just from their own perspective.

Pupils must be prepared to have their views and assumptions challenged and questioned.  Sociology will make you see your everyday life in a completely different light!

Where will A Level Sociology lead?

Studying Sociology develops powers of critical thought and analysis. Pupils learn to question and challenge assumptions, present logical arguments with empirical evidence while respecting diverse opinions and theoretical standpoints.These essential academic skills will equip students well for higher education in any academic discipline.

In addition, Sociology now plays an integral part in the syllabus of many university courses – for instance medicine and natural science courses, psychology, economics, English literature, modern languages, law, architecture, graphic and product design, history, history of art, geography and other humanities subjects.

About the course

At Queen’s Gate we follow the AQA Sociology course.

Year Unit Topic
AS 1 Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Wealth, Poverty and Welfare
2 Education with Research Methods; Health with Research Methods
A2 3 Beliefs in Society; Global Development; Mass Media; Power and Politics
4 Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods; Stratification and Differentiation with Theory and Methods

What subjects go well with Sociology?

Sociology combines well with any subject.  Both arts and science students will find fascinating links with their other studies, using Sociological concepts such as inequality, social mobility, feminism, racism, poverty, self identity, moral codes, cultures and subcultures, social stratification, ideologies and beliefs. Studying these concepts in Sociology will allow pupils to use them confidently in other lessons, adding depth and sophistication to their other studies.   Sociological skills of critical thought and analysis will be also invaluable in all their other A-level assignments.