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.



Course Structure

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.


Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at a minimum of Grade C/4 including English Language and Mathematics.

How Will I Learn?

  • Formal teacher-led lessons
  • Independent research activities and tasks
  • Group and pair work (including but not limited to presentations)
  • By taking parts in discussions and debates
  • Online learning, home-based learning and enrichment activities
  • ‘Dissecting’ essay questions and learning how to structure a balanced argument
  • Quizzes, games, matching activities and a mixture of formal and informal assessments.


Skills You Will Develop

  • 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.

Things You May Need

As well as a positive attitude to learning and an interest in the world around you, you may also require some practical resources and equipment to make the most of your course, including:

  • Purchasing an A level Sociology workbook
  • Purchasing an official, AQA approved textbook (further details to follow later – do not buy now).

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 088349.
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Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 088344
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team.
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