Subjects & Courses


Structure and content

Students reflect on their own experience of the social world in which they live, but also how to be aware and critically understand social organisations and how they operate.

Students also develop an appreciation of the importance of theory and concepts in sociological debate, while applying a range of research methods and their relevance within sociology.

You will also develop written and verbal communication skills, and interpretation, analysis and evaluation are key throughout the course. 

Component 1

Socialisation, Culture and Identity

This component introduces learners to the key themes of socialisation, culture and identity, and develops these themes through family and relationships. This helps you develop skills around personal identity and responsibilities within society and a lifelong interest in social issues.

Component 2

Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities

This component explores the method of sociological research and develops the knowledge and understanding of social processes and change in the context of social inequality and difference. It also develops critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity in terms of social class, gender, ethnicity and age.

Component 3

Debates in Contemporary Society

This component engages learners in theoretical debates and how these relate to a contemporary global society.


Socialisation, Culture and Identity

Written exam: 1hr 30mins (30%) 100% external assessment – two exams.

Researching and Understanding Social Inequalities

Written exam: 2hrs 15mins (35%)

Debates in Contemporary Society

Written exam: 2hrs 15mins (35%)

Undergraduate degree options

Sociology is a fantastic general subject for students because most professional careers require students to have some knowledge of sociology and social theory. Most degree courses include some sociology. There are also many degree courses where A-level Sociology will be highly beneficial, including Sociology, Criminology, Law, Psychology and Anthropology.

Possible Career Options


Community work/youth work

Probation officer

Social work

Charity fundraiser


Entry requirements

To secure your place at Aston Manor Sixth Form, you must achieve five GCSEs at grades 4-9 (including English and maths at grade 4).

Certain courses have additional specific requirements, as shown below.


GCSE grade 5 English

GCSE grade 5 English and maths

GCSE grade 6 science and maths

GCSE grade 6 science and maths

GCSE grade 6 maths

English Literature
GCSE grade 6 English

GCSE grade 6 French
and English grade 5

Religious Education
GCSE grade 6 RE


OCR Digital Media

GCSE grade 4 English

Health and Social Care
GCSE grade 4 maths

Business Studies
GCSE grade 4 English and maths

Financial Studies
GCSE grade 4 maths

Merit at KS4 and GCSE grade 4 English

Applied Science

GCSE grade 4 English, maths
and science

How to Apply

External Applicants only

Please complete the application form and return to the sixth form office. You can find the application form here or, alternatively, request an application form from the main office.

Already a student at Aston Manor Academy?

Sixth form staff will arrange a presentation for all Year 11 Aston Manor Academy students to tell them more about progressing to sixth form and how to apply.