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Sociology: A level linear, NO AS qualification at St Richard Reynolds Catholic College

Course description

What is it about?
Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions. Sociology's subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to education, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects is sociology's purpose: understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

Who does it suit?
Sociology is extremely topical and will suit those who take a critical interest in the world around them. This course is particularly suitable for students who enjoy working with others and having lively, knowledgeable debates on different social subjects. A level sociology will give you a better understanding of society as a force. This is a complex and interesting subject that consists of many different challenges and controversial ideas.  A level sociology is very challenging and so students must have demonstrated that they are able to manage independent study.

Course content

In the first year you will study:
You will acquire the essential knowledge and understanding of central aspects of sociological thought and methods, together with the application of a range of skills. You will learn about key sociological perspectives and research methods.  You will then apply these skills to the key topics of: families and households, wealth or poverty and welfare.

In the second year you will study:
You will deepen your understanding of research methods in context and broaden your knowledge of social issues on key aspects of society, including: global development, mass media or power and politics. You will also study: crime and deviance and stratification as part of your final unit.

In addition to timetabled lessons, this subject requires 4 hours of private study per week.

Entry requirements

Minimum 5 GCSE Grade 5 - 9 including English Language and Mathematics

Subject specific:
GCSE Grade 6 English Language


Module 1: Culture and Identity
What's assessed:

Candidates choose one topic from the following three options, and answer five questions:
Families and Households
Poverty and Welfare

1 hour

% of A level?
20% of A level

Module 2: Research Methods
What's assessed?

Candidates choose one topic (Education or Health) and answer four questions on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context and four questions on research methods.

2 hours

% of A level?
30% of A level

Module 3: Beliefs in Society
What's assessed?

Candidates choose one topic from the four listed below, and answer two compulsory questions and one question from a choice of two:
Global Development
Mass Media

1.5 hours

% of A level?
20% of A level

Module 4: Theory and Methods
What's assessed?

Candidates choose one topic (Crime and deviance or Stratification and differentiation) and answer two questions on the chosen topic, one question on sociological research methods in context, and one on theory and methods.

2 hours

% of A level?
30% of A level

Future opportunities

Having A level sociology represents you as a person who can rationally debate a passionate subject, who can understand different demographics and their individual needs, to look at arguments with an empathetic but level-headed view and with great social knowledge. You will be a strong candidate for jobs in advertising, media, journalism, careers guidance, counselling and teaching, amongst others.

Having A level sociology can lead you to university degree courses in sociology, politics, ethics, philosophy, advertising, media studies, cinema studies and journalism. This qualification is recognised by top universities and employers, who value the skills and personal attributes that sociology develops within the student.

Further information

As part of the course students will attend lectures and seminars on the topics studied, as well as revision courses run by the exam board. We may also attend court sessions or visit other establishments that relate to the topics covered on the course.

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: 13 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Ms Gemma Conway
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 020 8325 4630
    • Email address: