Sociology

Vision

Sociology is the study of society and people and their behaviour. Sociologists study a wide range of topics, for example the A Level specification includes topics such as education, families and households, beliefs in society and crime and deviance. 

In studying topics like these, sociologists create theories to explain human behaviour and the workings of society. 

Sociology is an evidence-based subject. This means it is not just about the sociologist's personal opinion or pet theory - our opinions and theories must be backed up by facts about society. Sociologists therefore collect evidence methodically by carrying out research to establish whether their theories are correct. 

At Ruislip High School, there is a history of excellent results, with Sociology regularly ranked in the top 10% of sixth forms nationally. Students have had the opportunity to take part in sociological independent research and opportunities to enter the annual essay writing competition run by the British sociological society, as well as other associated trips and activities, including attending the annual criminology conference and visiting the Old Bailey.   

Course Content 

Paper 1:

  • Educational Achievement in relation to gender, ethnicity and class
  • Role of Education in Society
  • Educational Policy and inequality
  • Research methods

Paper 2:

  • Topics in sociology
  • Families and households
  • Beliefs in society

Paper 3n:

  • Theories and crime and deviance
  • Gender, crime and justice
  • Globalisation, green crime, human rights and state crime
  • Class, power and crime

Course assessment

Exam Board: AQA 

  • Paper 1: written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level
  • Paper 2: written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level
  • Paper 3: written exam: 2 hours, 80 marks in total, 33.3% of A-level