This course offers an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students develop knowledge and understanding about society and how sociologists study.  It will help students understand society's structures, processes and issues. Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students' lives.

Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.


Course Content 

AS - Yr 12

Compulsory Content


Methods in Context

Research Methods

Optional Content

Topics in Sociology

Culture and Identity

Families and Households


Work, Poverty and Welfare


A level - Yr 13

Compulsory Content

Education with Theory and Methods


Methods in Context

Theory and Methods

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Crime and Deviance

Theory and Methods

Optional Content 1

Culture and Identity

Families and Households


Work, Poverty and Welfare

Optional Content 2

Beliefs in Society

Global Development

The Media

Stratification and Differentiation


Promotional Video


Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Compulsory content:

• 2 hour written exam

• 80 marks

• 33.3% of A Level.


Paper 2: Topics in Sociology

Section A: one from option 1: 

Section B: one from option 2: 

• 2 hour written exam

• 80 marks

• 33.3% of A Level.


Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and  Methods

• 2 hour written exam

• 80 marks

• 33.3% of A Level.



After completing the Sociology A Level qualification at Meopham School you will be able to access a variety of undergraduate university courses, such as;

  • University of Birmingham - Sociology BA

  • University of York - Sociology with Criminology BA

  • University of Aston - Psychology and Sociology BSc

  • University of Sussex - History and Sociology BA (Hons).


Studying sociology opens up a wide range of careers in areas such as welfare, education, social research, and local and central government.

Jobs directly related to your degree include:

  • Advice worker

  • Community development worker

  • Further education teacher

  • Higher education lecturer

  • International aid/development worker

  • Policy officer

  • Secondary school teacher

  • Social researcher

  • Social worker

  • Youth worker.


Jobs where your degree would be useful include:

  • Charity officer

  • Civil Service administrator

  • Family support worker

  • Housing manager/officer

  • Human resources officer

  • Life coach

  • Newspaper journalist

  • Police officer

  • Probation officer

  • Public relations officer

  • Special educational needs coordinator (SENCO).


While some sociology graduates enter work in a social or welfare role, there are also opportunities with a wide range of other employers throughout the public and private sector. Employers include;

  • Charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations

  • Law firms

  • Local and central government

  • Media companies

  • Marketing and PR firms

  • The NHS

  • Police and probation services

  • Schools, colleges and universities

  • Social and market research organisations.

  • Opportunities also exist on a variety of graduate management training schemes.


Entry Requirements

In order to attend Meopham Sixth Form the minimum entry requirement is 5 level 4 GCSEs, including English and Maths.

To study Sociology you are required to achieve the minimum of a level 5 in English, in addition to a level 4 in Maths and Science.