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About the course

Studying sociology will give you an understanding of the social world around you and can lead to a varied and exciting career in areas such as criminal justice, youth work or even in public relations. A wide range of teaching and learning techniques are be used, including discussions, essay writing and presentations.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE English Language or English Literature at score of 5 and above.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks.

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Why study?

This course offers an engaging and effective introduction to sociology. It focuses on social institutions such as the family and education system and allows students to develop valuable transferable skills including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. There is up-to-date discussion of topical examples from the media and the global context. You are encouraged to engage in theoretical debates and take an active role in the research process. A Level Sociology can lead to a degree or career in Criminology, Social Services, Youth work, Probationary work, HR and charity organisation. Typical employers include local and central government, industry, commerce, the NHS, education authorities, further and higher education, charitable, counselling and voluntary organisations. Studying sociology provides you with practical skills of communication, organisation and of having an understanding of and views about societal issues.

Where will this course take me?

An A Level in Sociology is valued by both universities and employers as it demonstrates a high level of communication skills and the ability to think analytically. It is a useful qualification for a wide range of HE courses.

Degrees in Criminology, Sociology, Journalism, Social Work, Law, Probationary and Youth Studies, HR, Teaching, Business, History, Media Studies Career options in Journalism, Marketing, Social Policy development, Youth Work, Probationary Work, Social Services, Education, Criminal Justice, Welfare Services, Government, Counselling, Charities and the Voluntary Sector, Charity Fundraiser, Community Development Worker, Housing Officer, Teacher, Social Researcher and Welfare Rights Adviser.

Core modules

  • Education with Methods
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Optional modules

  • Family and Households (year 1)
  • Global Development (year 2)

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 exams:

  • Education with Methods (2 hours - 33%)
  • Topics in Sociology (Family and Global Development) (2 hours -33%)
  • Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (2 hours -33%)

Will I have to provide anything?

Stationery and recommended textbook

What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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Funding Your Course

If you're aged 19 or over and you want to study A Levels, an Access to Higher Education Diploma, or a Level 3 to 6 Vocational Qualification, you could be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan.