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Mode of study Academic A Level
Duration 2 Years
Campus Welsh Bridge Campus
Start date September 2021
Course code SOC-AL (2123)

  • Entry Requirements

    A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language.

  • What does the course involve?

    Sociology is the study of human societies. Sociologists are most interested in the causes and consequences of social behaviour, such as crime or discrimination. It encourages you to develop analytical and evaluative skills and question aspects of society which may have previously been taken for granted. If you have an enquiring mind, an interest in current social issues and a willingness to explore a variety of explanations of the world around you, then Sociology is the subject for you.

    Sociology will provide you with an understanding of the impact of the socialisation process on behaviour, culture, roles and identity, with a particular reference to gender, class, age and ethnicity. You will gain an understanding of topic areas such as family, education, crime and deviance and social inequalities including work place inequality and theories of class, ethnicity, age and gender inequality.

    You will develop a thorough understanding of sociological research methodology, gain knowledge of quantitative and qualitative methods of research, practical and ethical issues in the research process. Also the evaluation of the strengths and weaknesses of a range of research techniques, including surveys, interviews and various types of observations.

  • How is the course assessed?

    Three exams at the end of the second year, consisting of some short questions, structured responses and essays.

  • Additional Notes

    Progression in Sociology includes degrees in Social Sciences, Law, Journalism, and the caring professions and most careers which involve working with people.

  • Further Information

    Trips include attending Equality and Diversity workshops to question the impact of diversity on individuals within society (e.g. domestic violence support workers and LGBT groups) and a crime conference to gain an understanding of contemporary research in criminology through questioning offenders about reasons for crime and re-offence.

  • What do I do next?

    You can apply online via the APPLY NOW button and then add an additional 2 or 3 subjects to make up your academic programme. You can also apply for a second, alternative programme of study on the application page. If after reading this factsheet, you are still undecided about the course most suitable for you, please drop in to one of our Open Evenings, ring Admissions on 01743 260401 or email:

Chloe Baker

Chloe Baker

A Level Sociology (Applied Science BTEC, Health & Social Care BTEC)
Previous school: Church Stretton School

I thought Sociology A Level sounded really interesting. I want to go into Nursing after College and it will really help me achieve that. I enjoyed learning about sociological methods. Sociology helps you to have an open mind and see things from different perspectives.

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