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Sociology A Level - Level 3

Overview

A Level Sociology aims to develop a critical understanding of society by examining the most important institutions within the social structure. Sociology is a stimulating and relevant subject, offering you the opportunity to develop a range of transferable skills.

Sociology is the study of how human society develops and changes and how people interact with one another.   

The central aim of the A Level in sociology is to examine relationships and inequalities between people and the effects of the social, economic and political influences may have on them. 

Sociology gives students an understanding of how society shapes people and how people shape society.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language and maths, and a humanities subject such as history, geography or law. 

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.

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How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed solely by examination with exams scheduled for May/June.

Ongoing assessments in the form of short questions, essays and mock tests are taken throughout the course in order to:

  • assess each student’s progress
  • develop the student’s subject knowledge, writing skills and exam techniques.

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2018 - 100%.

What does the course lead to?

The A Level in sociology qualification acts as a good foundation for further study in the social sciences or related subjects, such as history, law, business and psychology. 

Typically, people with a sociology A Level or degree gain employment in careers that involve working with people. These could include community worker, housing officer, journalist, personnel manager, prison officer, probation officer, social worker and homelessness worker to name but a few.

What will I study?

The first year of A Level Sociology covers families and households and then education with research methods. The second year covers beliefs in society, crime and deviance, and theory and methods.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

Students who have completed the A Level have entered university to study social science based degrees such as applied social studies, psychology, media studies, criminology, history and English (language or literature).

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

 

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Why choose West Notts?

100% A Level pass rate in 2018

Best FE college for A Levels value added* in the East Midlands

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*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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