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Sociology A and AS Level *Fees Payable* at DLD College

Course description

Sociology can be defined as the systematic study of human action and interaction from a social or group perspective. It can include the study of social structures both big and small. For example, a sociologist could study the ways in which individual customers engage with individual shop assistants at Topshop as well as the social norms and values that lie behind international trade relations.

A Level Sociology is a lively, interesting and often exciting subject to study. It can give you a much greater appreciation of society, and the different groups of people who comprise society. Furthermore, Sociology helps you develop a historical understanding of society and an understanding of how and why society might, or might not, change in the future.

Course content

The course is very student centred. There is an emphasis upon class discussion, debate and argument. You will get involved in group presentations and learn to think independently, to be someone who takes responsibility for their own progress and achievement.

Because DLD is equipped with modern ICT equipment, you will learn by watching film and video clips, by focusing on colourful and interactive PowerPoint presentations and by using the internet. So studying A Level Sociology at DLD is fun, interesting and exciting.

Entry requirements

The most important thing that you need is an interest in why we behave in the way that we do. For most sociologists, behaviour is not natural; it is learned. We are socialised in certain ways and so if you are interested in the processes that shape our sense of self this subject is for you. Sociology at DLD is concerned with real-world issues with policy relevance, such as social inequality, organised crime, the social basis of political conflict and changes in family relationships and gender roles.


To study A Levels, your current or pending exam results should be equivalent to or higher than GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) in at least 5 subjects and a minimum level of English equivalent to IELTS 5.0.

At the start of each academic year of study, students following an A-Level course without a pass at grade C in GCSE or IGCSE English Language or with an Academic English score below 6.5 overall, must join an Academic English training course for the duration of the academic year which will be timetabled alongside A-Level lessons.

If your level of English is not sufficient to meet the entry criteria for the A-Level programme you will normally be offered a place on the Abbey DLD Colleges One Year Pre-sessional (Pre A-Level) in order to bring your English skills up to the required level.



Paper 1: Education with Method in Context

Weighting: 50%    Format: 1 Hour 30 mins exam


Paper 2: Research Methods and Families and Households

Weighting: 50%    Format: 1 Hour 30 mins exam


A Level

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Weighting: 33.3%    Format: 2 Hour exam


Paper 2: Families and Households; Beliefs in Society

Weighting: 33.3%    Format: 2 Hour exam


Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Weighting: 33.3%    Format: 2 Hour exam

Future opportunities

In giving you a greater understanding of the broad social structures that shape human action and interaction, Sociology could, to provide just a few examples, lead to a career in:

  • Advertising
  • Personnel
  • Management
  • Journalism
  • Public Health
  • The Non-Government Sector
  • Public Relations

Further information


Sociology is complemented by the arts and humanities because these subjects also develop an understanding of key sociological perspectives. So, for example, in English you may explore a Marxist or feminist interpretation of a text like ‘Great Expectations’. In Geography you will study demography – trends in the size and characteristics of populations – and in Sociology, you will study the social forces that produce these patterns. Psychology and Sociology are compatible too. In particular there is significant overlap in research methods.

Moreover, Sociology is, as August Comte once said, the ‘Queen of the Sciences’. While you will not be working in a lab testing hypotheses, you will be putting sociological arguments to the test in a systematic, objective and logical way. Indeed Sociologists uncover ‘social facts’ in the same way that Biologists, Chemists and Physicists uncover ‘facts of nature’. It is a subject then that is compatible with all other academic disciplines.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 November 2016
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