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Sociology - AS/A2 Level at Thornleigh Salesian College

Course description

A-Level Sociology is a popular, challenging and stimulating academic subject. Sociology involves the study and explanation of human social life, groups and society. The course offers an opportunity to actively explore and question the social world in which we live.

Course content

Sociology is the study of people in society. It is concerned with our experiences and the various institutions that have an impact on our lives. Such institutions include family, education, religion and the mass media. Sociology is also concerned with describing and explaining the patterns of difference, inequality, deprivation and conflict, which are features of nearly all societies.

Entry requirements

You will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English and Maths as well as C grades in the subjects that you want to study. Many courses do accept students who have not previously studied the subject. To study AS Level Science subjects you will require a minimum combination of GCSE B/B in Core and Additional Science. To study AS Level Maths you will require a minimum of a B grade in Maths GCSE


Following A Level reforms in this subject, from 2015, all exams will need to be taken at the end of the course. AS grades do not contribute to the A Level grade.

Future opportunities

With further training, you could go into a job related to Sociology and people such as a Social Worker, Teacher, Social Researcher or a more general position working within the Social Services. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for, especially in the health and social care sectors. Sociology can lead a pathway to many careers and is particularly suitable for the field of education, social work, police, public relations and many more. You could take this course with other advanced level courses to prepare for higher education in one or more of the Social Sciences such as Sociology, Development Studies, Anthropology or more general higher education courses. Studying Sociology will open up a variety of career paths. For those who wish to continue their education at university, sociology is a widely accepted A-level for entry into Arts and Social Science degrees.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification please attend our Open Evening or contact the college directly via email at or by telephone 01204 305172.

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: 30 September 2015
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