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Sociology A Level at Warwickshire College Group

Course description

Sociology is the study of people in society.  It enables you to develop an understanding of the various influences on people’s behaviour, such as how people think and develop their ideas about the social world.  The study of sociology will enable you to be more accepting of differences between people, cultures and practices in society. In the first year of study, knowledge and understanding  are developed and applied to specific areas of social life – families and households; education, poverty and welfare.  Each area studied will help you to develop an in-depth understanding of the variety of complexities experienced living in families and education. In the first year sociology of education will be studied alongside research methods.

The second year of study builds on the knowledge and understanding gained in the first year.  Sociological study is more involved with a greater proportion of time given to evaluating the ideas sociologists have developed to explain social phenomena.  The application of such ideas is based in the studies of Global development, Crime and Deviance and sociological theories.

The main theme running through the course is globalisation, i.e. the impact of global factors on individuals, groups and societies. 

The skills being developed during the two years will be research, analysis, evaluation and problem solving.  

Course content

AS Level

Compulsory topics: Education and Sociological Methods

Optional topics: One of the following topics will be studied Culture and identity, Families and households, Health or Work, poverty and welfare.

A Level
In the second year the following topics will be taught Global Development, sociological theories
and Crime and Deviance.

Entry requirements

Application, successful interview and sufficient GCSE grades.


Full level 2


A minimum of 5 GCSE's achieved at grade 4 (C) or above including a grade 5 (high C) or above in English and grade 4 (C) in Maths.

Offers subject to a satisfactory School Report. 


AS Level Sociology is examined by two written papers of 1.5 hours each.

Paper one will examine Education with methods in context.

Paper Two will examine research methods and one of the following topics Culture and identity, Families and households, Health or Work, poverty and welfare.


A Level Sociology will be examined, at end of two years of study, by three 2 hour papers, which will include all topics studied.

Paper One will examine: Education, Methods in context and theory and research methods.

Paper Two will examine in section A one of the following Culture and identity, Families and households, Health or Work, poverty and welfare.  Section B will examine one of the following: Beliefs in Society, Global Development, The Media or Stratification and differentiation.

Paper Three will examine Crime and Deviance with theory and methods.  2 hours.

Future opportunities

A wide variety of jobs including management, welfare, Social Services, teaching, retailing, police, social work, nursing. There exists a variety of degree courses in Sociology, studied as either a single honour degree, joint honours degree or as part of a modular programme.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warwickshire College Group directly.

Last updated date: 19 January 2017
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