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Sociology A Level at Harrow College

Course description

A level sociology involves investigating, understanding and evaluating society, people and their behaviour. Sociology covers a wide range of topic areas including sociological theories, research methods and aspects of education, media, family, culture, and crime& deviance.

Course content

There are five exam papers on the A level programme. These are: Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods in Context, Paper 2: Topics in Sociology -Families and Households plus Sociological Research Methods (year 1). In year 2: Paper 1: Education with methods in context, Paper 2: topics in sociology – the Family and the Media and Paper 3 Crime and Deviance with Sociological Theory and Methods.

A wide range of teaching and learning activities take place in lessons. These are student centred and include group work, debates, videos, presentations as well as more formal exposition and exam preparation. You will also need to do extensive reading outside of lessons and keep up to date on current affairs.

Entry requirements

Having successfully passed AS Sociology and maintained a good record of attendance, punctuality and completed homework assignments in year one.


Assessments for the units are all exam based. Exams are either 1.5 hours in the first year and 2 hours in the second year.

Financial information

Please see our information on fees and bursaries on the Young Learners (16+) pages of the website. Any fees paid for full time programmes are non refundable. Please contact Admissions if you would like further information or advice.

Future opportunities

A level sociology can lead to further study at university in a wide range of subjects and careers in Social Work, Human resources, Marketing, Journalism, Law, Teaching, Advertising and Policing.

Further information

Equipment or materials:

Text book as recommended by lecturer approximately £25. Writing materials and stationery.

Additional costs:

There may be visits arranged during the academic year e.g. to A level student conferences.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2016
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