This A Level is included within the Social Sciences A Level pathway as a Recommended Core subject. It is included in the following pathways as a Recommended Additional Subject: Business and Entrepreneurship; Creative Studies; Design and Media; English and Communications; Financial Academy; Humanities; Law and Legal; STEM and Healthcare. However, you can take Sociology with any A Level/equivalent combination, there is plenty of choice and flexibility.
Sociology is the study of human society and social groups. It aims to increase our understanding of the world by looking at how social institutions and structures such as families, the education system, the criminal justice system and the media can have effect our individual behaviour.
You will examine topics such as education, crime and deviance and religion, as well as ideas such as power, inequality and social control. You will be questioning taken-for-granted views about society and individuals.
In Year One you will study the main research methods used by sociologists and Families and Education. Topics in Year Two include Sociology Theories; Crime and Deviance; Beliefs in Society.
You will study the course for 4.5 hours a week in the first year and 5 hours a week in the second year. You should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per week on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (in February/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.
Five GCSEs at grade 4/C or above including English Language and if taken, grade 4 in Sociology. You should have an interest in social matters and a willingness to examine your own prejudices, stereotypes and value judgements.
Future career and study opportunities
Sociology is a very thought-provoking subject, equipping you with knowledge and skills that will be useful in academic, social and business situations. It is a useful subject to study for progression onto career pathways in HR, business, marketing, teaching, policing, nursing, social and welfare services, journalism and many more.
Work experience/Careers Extra
This course does not contain a specific work experience component but many of the skills you will learn are essential to employability. If needed, our Employability Team can help you find local work placements that will support the course.
A Level Sociology Level 3