Sociology A Level

Course Information

The Sociology A level course includes six modules in total: two at AS level and a further four at A level.

At AS level, you will study the relationships between culture, families and wealth, as well as education, health and methods for investigating sociology.

You will build on these concepts at A level by studying people’s beliefs about society, as well as crime and social deviance. Additionally, you will learn more advanced sociological methods and theories, and have the opportunity to study optional topics such as global development and the media.

Throughout the course, you will learn to critically investigate and challenge assumptions about society. You will also learn about the tools and methods sociologists use, including statistical analysis, questionnaires, interviews and observation.

Your tutor will support your progress as you complete the modules, tracking your understanding of the core concepts through tutor-marked assignments as well as providing valuable feedback.

Examining board and exams

The Sociology A level course has been written to prepare you for the AQA exam board’s Sociology A level qualification, with the following syllabus codes:

  • AS – 7191
  • A2 – 7192

The course is assessed by two 90-minute exams at AS level and three two-hour exams at A level.

What can I do with a Sociology A level?

Sociologists are valuable sources of knowledge and expertise. They can research in think tanks, helping to formulate policy ideas for the future and predicting their long-term effects. They can be fundraisers and advocates for charities. They may also work in the community as social or youth workers, with the police, or helping to rehabilitate offenders.

Sociology jobs often revolve around people and communities, but it has practical applications in many fields. For example, a knowledge of sociology is invaluable in town planning, architecture and the built environment. Sociological data is also used by advertisers and marketers to determine the best times and channels to launch a new campaign.

If you want to continue studying Sociology in Higher Education, it makes a great companion subject to humanities disciplines such as History, Politics and International Relations, as well as Criminology and Psychology. A Sociology BA is also a very useful foundation for a Graduate Diploma in Law and subsequent career – from criminal prosecutors to family solicitors.

Organisations employing people with a Sociology qualifications include:

  • Police forces and probation services
  • Think tanks and policy institutes
  • Law firms
  • Town planners and architects
  • Newspapers and publishers
  • Marketing and advertising firms
  • Local government
  • Charities

How much does it cost?

Our Economics A level course fee is £475 with a £95 deposit, payable in eight instalments of £47.50.

You will receive support from a fully-qualified tutor holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education. This support includes:

  • Marking all assignments for the course
  • Written answers to specific study problems
  • Tutor contact by telephone, email and skype

When you begin this course, you will agree an examination date or dates with your Student Adviser. Your support period lasts up to this examination date.


Prerequisites

Normally you are required to have at least four good GCSEs to begin the Sociology A level, although this does not need to include Sociology GCSE.

If you believe you have other relevant qualifications or experience which would allow you to start a Sociology A level course, please contact one of our student advisers on 0800 975 75 75.


Books

The following texts are the supporting texts for the course. A level study requires a wider reading list than relying on just the core texts.  The course will provide suggestions for further reading and research as you progress.

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