Key Stage 4 Sociology

Exam Board and Specification

AQA Sociology (8192)

Grades are awarded based on 2 exams at the end of Year 11, each lasting 1hour 45minutes. They are marked out of 100 each and both contribute 50% to the final grade. Paper 1 covers the Year 10 topics, Paper 2 the Year 11 topics. Research methods questions appear on both papers.

Sociology Display Sociology Display

Topics/Skills Taught

Year 10


  • Types of family
  • The functions of the family
  • Relationships in the family
  • Criticisms of the family

Research Methods

  • Research design
  • Types of data
  • Qualitative methods
  • Quantitative methods
  • Practical and Ethical issues


  • The functions of Education
  • Processes within school
  • Differential Educational Attainment

Year 11

Crime and Deviance

  • Social construction of crime and deviance
  • Social control
  • Data on crime

Social Stratification

  • Life chances
  • Poverty as a social issue
  • Power relationships