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A-Levels - A Level Sociology at Wakefield College

Course description

Sociology is the study of how social forces shape and mould human behaviour, usually without our consent or acknowledgement. It’s an ever-changing subject area that makes you question how the world works and often shines the spotlight on many different forms of inequality that exist in our world today. Approach it with an open mind and you may find yourself totally immersed in a very short space of time.

Course content

What you will study

The first year is split into two units which cover the following:

1) Education with Methods in Context. In this module you will study the role of education in today’s society from a theoretical perspective which may make you think about your own experiences in a different way. You will also study how the education system has evolved from its origin in 1880 to its present state and the factors that affect educational achievement in different social groups. This module is a student favourite and always generates a response.  You will also learn about the different types of research methods Sociologists use.

2) Family and Households with Research Methods- Building on the foundations set in the first module, the second module begins with studying how Sociologists do their research and how certain factors can affect their decisions. The second part of the module focuses on Families and households. This module looks at how influential the family unit can be on the development of the individual. This fairly varied module starts by looking at how different theoretical perspectives view the family and then progresses to look at more controversial themes such as domestic violence, divorce and family diversity.

The full A level is split into four units which will be taught over two years.

1) Education with Theory and Methods (Education- covered in the first year)
2) Families and Households (covered in the first year)

3) Beliefs in Society  - This module analyses the impact that religion has on society from both theoretical and real life perspectives. From the study of traditional religions to New Religious Movements, you will gain a contemporary understanding of the role of religion today and how it shapes and moulds our individual experiences. This is a vastly under-rated module that quite often becomes a favourite of many students by the end of the course.

4) Crime and Deviance along with Theory and Methods. Starting with the views of theoretical perspectives as a foundation, students will then cover themes such as corporate, state and environmental crime, institutional racism within the police and the 'Chivalry Thesis' which never fail to engage. The module also includes a synoptic element in which your knowledge of theory and methods from the whole A-level will be assessed.

How you will learn

You will learn through a wide range of activities including including lectures, group work, working in pairs, class discussion, practice exam questions and independent study. You'll also be expected to conduct at least four hours of reading and independent study outside of lessons and complete regular homework tasks.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A* - C (or new grade 9-4),  including English Language at grade 5 and Maths.  Having English at 6 would improve your chances of success in this subject.


At A-level there are three exams, each account for one third of your A-level. The three exams last 2 hours and are worth 80 marks each. The exams consist of a mixture of short answer and extended writing questions. These are:

Paper 1-Education with Theory and Methods (33%)
Paper 2- Topics in Sociology (The Family and the Beliefs in Society modules) (33%)
Paper 3- Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (33%)

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

A Level Sociology is a well recognised course for entry into Higher Education and amongst employers. In HE it is useful for all sorts of Social Sciences or Social Work degrees as well as a wide range of Humanities and Arts degrees.

Career opportunities

A qualification in Sociology is particularly relevant to careers in social work, nursing, the police and the probation service, but also useful in many other areas of work such as journalism, marketing, advertising, public relations, law, teaching and management..

Further information

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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: 31 October 2018
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