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AS/A-Level Sociology at Leeds City College

Course description

Have you ever wondered how we developed into the society we are today? How influential are the media on our choices in life? Why are men more likely to commit a crime? Is educational failure or success merely a result of intelligence or is there more?

The A-Level Sociology course involves the study of society and its effect on the individual.  You will study how people are influenced by background factors such as class, gender and ethnicity.  Belonging to these social groups determines what kind of career you do, where you live, even how long you may live.  Understanding and applying a variety of theoretical perspectives is essential in sociology, and is the key to success throughout all units covered in the course.

Benefits of studying sociology include developing and enhancing a knowledge and awareness of social, political and historical forces which shape society.  You will gain evaluation and analytical skills through the examination of theoretical perspectives and their application to both historical and contemporary issues facing individuals and societies.

Course content

Sociology is not about helping people or necessarily about improving society. Nor should it be confused with psychology which is the study of the individual. Sociology is about groups of people. You learn to apply sociological thinking to an analysis of these groups in contemporary society and to your own experiences.


Families & Households


Education & Research Methods


Mass Media Ownership & Control Representations of class/age/gender etc. News production/selection

SCLY4: Crime and Deviance and Theory and Methods - the role of formal and informal social control agencies, explanations for patterns of crime by class, ethnicity, gender, age and locality

State crime


Theories on crime

Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

There are no additional entry requirements for this subject.


There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment.  Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed.  The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.

Future opportunities

A-Level Sociology is considered as an appropriate subject for access to many different degree courses, particularly in social science and humanities.  The study of sociology could lead to careers in public relations, teaching, local and central government, management and business, journalism, social work, probation service, youth and community work, or nursing.

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: 07 November 2017
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