About the subject

Ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How the way you see yourself determines the way people identify you? Whether men or women are more likely to commit a crime? A-Level Sociology will help you to make sense of the society we live in and understand the cultural and identity issues which affect us all. You will learn a number of skills including the use of evidence to support your arguments, how to investigate facts, and critical thinking. It is relevant to the society you live in so you are bound to enjoy learning about topics that are relevant to everyday life; plus it opens the door to a fantastic range of interesting careers.

Your tasks to complete

A Level Sociology Induction Task

Please follow the link below and make some notes on the following question, what is sociology?


Pre-course reading

Tutor2u have some excellent resources including classic texts by sociologists. Please use the link below to access these for education and crime and make notes in preparation for your studies.

Extended reading

These are some of the recommended textbooks for sociology but are not compulsory to purchase as we will give you a reading pack for each subject

Useful websites and other resources



Meet the tutors

Hello everyone I am one of the tutors for sociology and look forward to teaching you all for the new academic year. In sociology we pride ourselves on encouraging students to be independent learners. You will be given a reading pack for all of the topics that we study, including education, culture and identity, media and crime and deviance.

This reading pack will enable you to get ahead start of each lesson so that you can discuss and debate some of the key issues in sociology with your peers. Sociology is an exciting field of study that focuses on analysing and explaining important matters in everyone’s lives, both on a local and global scale. The sociology team look forward to meeting you in September.

Any questions?

Email us on info@barnsley.ac.uk

Call us on 01226 216 123