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Sociology - A Level - 2 years at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

Sociology is the study of the individual and society and will appeal to students who are interested in investigating how our everyday lives are shaped by factors such as class, gender and ethnicity.  Sociology will develop your research skills and your ability to weigh up evidence and arguments and combines well with Media, History, Geography, Politics and a wide range of other subjects.

You will look at human behaviour by studying social groups and the influences on their actions, ideas and beliefs.  Through conducting your own research you will gain experience in research design and analysis.  You will look at the different methods used by sociologists to collect information and the theoretical perspectives that aim to explain why society is organised the way it is.

Course content

In the first year you will explore two main areas:  the sociology of family and households and the sociology of education.  In addition you will be introduced to sociological methods such as the questionnaire survey, the experiment, interviews and observation, and the practical and ethical issues involved in research.

The second year will focus on further specialist areas of religion and beliefs and of crime and deviance.  You will also continue to develop critical approaches to sociological research methods and theory.


A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C).  You will normally need at least a grade 4/C in English Language and Maths.  You don’t need any previous experience of Sociology to study this subject at A Level but you should have an interest in social issues, and enjoy reading and writing essays.


Written examinations. Both units will be examined at the end of the second year. You will have mock exams at least once during the two year course.

Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by college.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

A Level Sociology is a valuable subject for a wide range of careers and higher education courses.  You may wish to look specifically at areas which involve an understanding of people and social relationships, such as journalism, health care, social work, education, the public services, marketing and management

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 November 2017
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