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Sociology Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

On this course you will acquire knowledge about contemporary society, about social processes and social change. You will be encouraged to develop your own sociological awareness through your active engagement in the subject. As there are rarely simple answers to the questions that sociologists ask, students are expected to become familiar with a range of different theories, explanations and types of evidence, and to be able to evaluate the usefulness of these.

Study activities typically include discussions, lectures, work-sheets, guided private study, essay writing, reading, DVDs, small group work and internet research. There will be a minimum of four assessed pieces of written work per term

Course content

We will be following the AQA specification, and a full description of this is available on their website, along with past questions and marking schemes, and there is a summary below:

AS level
You will study two units. The first is likely to be 'Families and Households', and the second is likely to be the 'Sociology of Education'. You will also study Sociological Research Methods.

A Level
In addition to the above, you will study two further units. The first is likely to be either the ‘Sociology of the Mass Media’ or 'Beliefs in Society' and the second is likely to  be 'Crime and Deviance'. In addition you will study Sociological Theory and Methods.

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C including Maths at C or above, and GCSE English Language at Grade B or above.


There will be a minimum of four assessed pieces of written work per term. You will benefit greatly by reading widely around the subject in your own time. All external assessment will be by written examination.

Future opportunities

An AS or A Level in Sociology is regarded as an excellent preparation for higher education, not only in terms of content, but because of the analytical and interpretative skills which you will acquire. The study of Sociology brings about a raised level of social awareness which is very useful in a range of occupations, and specifically in those that involve dealing with the public, such as management, police, the caring professions etc.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 February 2016
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