A level Sociology is the study of the social world in which you live in. Why do certain groups of people behave in a certain way? How does the media influence society?

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of key sociological concepts and themes such as socialisation, culture, identity and power, inequality and control.

Sociology will enhance your analytical skills and your presentation skills when proposing ideas and arguments, preparing you for university and a career within the industry.

This A level is great to study alongside A level Psychology and A level Law.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

All A level study begins in September and will take two years to complete.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will cover the following units:

  • An introduction to socialisation
  • Cultural identity
  • Family and wealth
  • Research methods
  • Continuation of sociological theories and concepts such as crime and deviance and power and control

You will develop skills to enable you to apply theory to real life situations and explore and evaluate sociological concepts, share your opinion and respect the opinion of others.

You will also gain transferable skills such as the ability to present ideas, descriptions and arguments.

How is it assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of year 13.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have at least five GCSEs at grade 4 (equivalent to grade C ) or above, including English and maths.

What are the course fees?

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2019), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. For more information, please visit our dedicated Financial Support page.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Sociology is a highly respected A level and is an excellent foundation for further study at degree level.

Following successful completion of your A level, you may be interested in the BA (Hons) in Criminal Justice or BA (Hons) in Social Policy, Health and Housing at University Centre St Helens, both validated by University of Chester.

Sociology could also lead to a degree in a wide range of fields such as social studies, health studies, and youth offending and a range of careers, including teaching and social work.

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