Sociology is the study of human society and how we experience human life. It is a very popular subject at Poole High School with growing numbers each year. Sociology has a contemporary feel linking classic studies with what is happening in the world today. A Level Sociology complements most other A Levels including Psychology, Ethics, Health and Social Care, History, Media and Politics.

I haven’t done it at GCSE, does that matter?

No, most students haven’t studied it at GCSE, so don’t worry!

If you are interested in current affairs, inequality, how society affects our lives, inequalities in gender, age, class, ethnicity and sexuality, then Sociology will definitely interest you.

Departmental Courses

A Level Sociology

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What will I study?

  • Families and Households: The changing and diverse nature of the family.
  • Education: The role and function of education; The achievement of social groups.
  • Theory and Methods – How sociologists make hypotheses and how they use evidence to explain human behaviour and patterns in society.
  • Beliefs in Society: The changing role of religious beliefs, practices and organisations in society.
  • Crime and Deviance: Theoretical views on the causes of crime, deviance and victimisation, the social distributions of crime, and crime in contemporary society.


The whole course is examined at the end of year 13 with 3 exams.

 What help and support will I get?

  • A range of ideas and resources to help you make notes and revise.
  • Support and advice with independent learning and exam revision.
  • A skills based approach which allows you to develop your critical thinking and extended writing.

  • Opportunities to debate and discuss different sociological arguments.

  • Frequent quizzing to help you develop your retain key content in preparation for the examinations.


What each year group covers:

Year 12

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Families and Households
  • Education
  • Theory and Methods

Year 13

  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime and Deviance

Sociology students go on to a variety of different career paths including nursing, occupational therapy, criminology, childcare, media and social work.