A Level in Sociology – September 2024

Funding information: Free For Eligible 16-18 year olds and First Full L3 for 19-23 year olds. Adult Learner Loans available, course costs apply.
Duration: 1 Year
Attendance: Full-time subject

Course Overview

Sociology is the study of society - how people interact in groups. This course examines social behaviour from a variety of perspectives: how it originates and then develops, and the ways people are organised into groups according to distinctions such as class, gender and race. It also looks at the institutions and forces which shape and are shaped by groups within a society, such as the media, religion and education.

Course Content

The A level investigates social issues in society, such as poverty and crime and covers four key areas:

  • families and households – changing patterns
  • education – by social class, gender and ethnicity
  • crime and deviance with theory and methods
  • different research methods used by sociologists

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including maths and English. At least one grade 6 in a written subject.

Assessment Methods

  • written exams
  • written assessments
  • portfolio


You will be able to progress to university level study or on to employment.