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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration Two years
Code
Awarding Body AQA
Level A-level
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the world we live in, and how our position within society may shape our educational achievement, our beliefs about what is right and wrong and the types of jobs we are likely to do when we are older? Have you ever wondered why some people commit crime, or why some people are more likely to be a victim of crime? Have you caught yourself watching television or reading a magazine and wondering about what sort of message the producers and publishers are trying to send? If so, Sociology may be the perfect subject for you! Sociology involves studying society, groups of people and the social institutions that exist within society – big parts of society such as the education system, the legal system and the family unit. Unlike Psychology which tends to focus on what goes on in an individual person’s mind or brain – looking at things on a micro scale – sociologists prefer to study larger groups of people and take a more macro approach to get a bigger picture of why society exists and works in the way it does.

A Level Pathways

If you are interested in proceeding with A Levels then then you have 4 different pathways that you can choose from. With each pathway you must choose 3 A Levels. Other combinations are available. For information about these pathways click here.

What you'll study

A level Sociology is a two year course, split between Year One and Year Two.

At the end of your first year, you will sit two exams:

  • Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
  • Paper 2: Families and Households with Research Methods.

Each exam is worth 50% of your first year grade, and both exams are 1 hour and 30 minutes long. A level Sociology does not involve any coursework.

If you successfully complete Year One, you will be expected to continue to study A level Sociology for a further year. Year Two involves three exams:

  • Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and The Media)
  • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

It is important to note that because A level Sociology is a two year course, the content you learn in Year One is still absolutely vital in Year Two, as you will be examined on some of the topics from Year One (Education, Families and Households, Research Methods). Importantly, you will not be retaught these topics, but are expected to use your existing knowledge, learning resources and experience from Year One – so don’t throw anything away!

Each exam in Year Two is worth 33.3% of your final A level grade and all three are two hours long.

If you study A level Sociology at Year Two, your final grade will be based entirely on your success in the exams at the end of that year– your Year One  and Year Two grades are no longer added together to achieve an average overall grade.

  • A level Sociology is a two year course, split between Year One and Year Two.

    At the end of your first year, you will sit two exams:

    • Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
    • Paper 2: Families and Households with Research Methods.

    Each exam is worth 50% of your first year grade, and both exams are 1 hour and 30 minutes long. A level Sociology does not involve any coursework.

    If you successfully complete Year One, you will be expected to continue to study A level Sociology for a further year. Year Two involves three exams:

    • Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
    • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and The Media)
    • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

    It is important to note that because A level Sociology is a two year course, the content you learn in Year One is still absolutely vital in Year Two, as you will be examined on some of the topics from Year One (Education, Families and Households, Research Methods). Importantly, you will not be retaught these topics, but are expected to use your existing knowledge, learning resources and experience from Year One – so don’t throw anything away!

    Each exam in Year Two is worth 33.3% of your final A level grade and all three are two hours long.

    If you study A level Sociology at Year Two, your final grade will be based entirely on your success in the exams at the end of that year– your Year One  and Year Two grades are no longer added together to achieve an average overall grade.

Assessment

At the end of your first year, you will sit two exams:

  • Paper 1: Education with Methods in Context
  • Paper 2: Families and Households with Research Methods.

Each exam is worth 50% of your first year grade, and both exams are 1 hour and 30 minutes long. A level Sociology does not involve any coursework.

If you successfully complete Year One, you will be expected to continue to study A level Sociology for a further year. Year Two involves three exams:

  • Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (Families and Households and The Media)
  • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Entry requirements

GCSEs
Grade 5 in English

Applicants must have five GCSE’s at grade 5 or above, which must include Maths and English Language.  If an A Level Pathway which contains Science or Maths is chosen, you must have a 6 in these subjects.

Next steps

You will develop skills in:

  • Discussion and debating skills
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills – the ability to see things from different perspectives
  • Research skills, independent learning skills and the development of a good work ethic
  • Teamwork and leadership skills
  • Academic writing skills.
Sociology is a diverse and large subject area, and there are many jobs in which experience of studying Sociology will come in useful. Students who study Sociology often enter careers such as:
  • Teaching
  • Social work
  • Police and probation services
  • Journalism
  • Counselling and mentoring
  • Research and development
  • Advertising and marketing.

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Tuition fees

If you are 16 to 18 years old you won't have to pay tuition fees.

If you're 19 or older you may need to pay a fee.

2019/20: £1,049

All fees exclude exams, registration and administration charges. These fees apply to all learners, except those with full fee remission.

For information about our student services, please click here.

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