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Sociology A Level - Level 3

Overview

A Level Sociology aims to develop a critical understanding of society by examining the most important institutions within the social structure. Sociology is a stimulating and relevant subject, offering you the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills.

Sociology is the study of how human society develops and changes and how people interact with one another.   

The central aim of the A Level in sociology is to examine relationships and inequalities between people and the effects that social, economic and political influences may have on them. 

Sociology gives students an understanding of how society shapes people and how people shape society.

What does it combine with?

Start dates and fees

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What will I study?

The first year of A Level Sociology covers families and households and then education with research methods. The second year covers beliefs in society, crime and deviance, and theory and methods.

Entry requirements

You will need a total of 5 GCSEs at level 4 or above including:

  • English Language (Grade 4)
  • Maths (Grade 4)
  • A Humanities subject (Grade 4)
  • Plus, two other GCSEs at grade 4

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed solely by examination with exams scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year.

Ongoing assessments in the form of short questions, essays and mock tests are taken throughout the course in order to:

  • assess each student’s progress
  • develop the student’s subject knowledge, writing skills and exam techniques.

What does the course lead to?

Typically, people with a sociology A Level or degree gain employment in careers that involve working with people. These could include community worker, housing officer, journalist, personnel manager, prison officer, probation officer, social worker and homelessness worker to name but a few.

What can I progress onto?

Further study at university-level in subjects such as social studies, psychology, law, business and politics.

Careers

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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