Salesian School

Enlightening minds, uplifting hearts


Head of Social Sciences Department: Miss Ann Murdoch

A Level Sociology looks at many different theoretical viewpoints and will suit students who have an interest in current affairs such as marriage, divorce, educational policies, crime and deviance and many other areas. Students who enjoy discussion and debating will enjoy this subject and will develop evaluative and analytical skills that are transferable to many other subjects and careers.

Over the two years, the students explore six topics in depth:

- Families and Households
- Education
- Research Methods
- Beliefs in Society
- Crime, Deviance
- Theory and Methods


  • ...means thinking critically about the world around us, looking beneath the surface to explore the social and political context that shapes our lives
  • for students who are curious and open-minded, willing to critically examine the collective ideas, shared behaviours and social forces that shape our everyday lives, and explore societies and cultures different from our own
  • ...stimulates the 'sociological imagination', cultivating the intellectual, moral and creative capacities that make for active and engaged citizens

We follow the AQA specification. Assessment is through examinations only, including a range of long answer questions. Tuition is classroom-based, although there are plenty of opportunities to debate contemporary issues, supported by students’ own wider reading and research.

Extra-curricular opportunities

  • Social Sciences film club
  • An annual volunteering trip to Thailand to work with Thai children who are either orphans, disabled or in a disadvantaged situation. 
  • Additional trips are run throughout the year to enhance the curriculum, including Behind Bars (in Year 13)  

For more information, including admission criteria, see the Sixth Form Options booklet.



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