Sociology A Level

Overview

Sociology is a broad ranging subject that attempts to explain human behaviour, exploring the extent to which individuals’ life chances are shaped by their wealth, gender and ethnicity. Along the way students will find out some extremely interesting facts about modern Britain and the wider world; they will learn that our society is full of hidden injustices and encounter some very radical views on topical social issues.

Modules include Families and Households, Education, Global Development and Crime and Deviance.

The study of Research Methods also runs through the course. 

What goes well with this course?

  • Politics
  • Economics
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • English
  • Law
  • Geography
  • Psychology
  • Media 

Progression

Sociology is a well respected and valued subject by employers, hence Sociology graduates are highly sought after by many professions. Sociology prepares students especially well for careers in Business and Management, the Voluntary and Charitable sectors, Teaching, Social Work, The Police Force, Social Research and International Development, as well as other professions that require the ability to analyse and synthesise, to write with purpose and to argue and present a case well.

Students who have an initial interest in doing a degree in the Social Sciences may want to consider Sociology’s cognate disciplines: Criminology, International Development, Anthropology and Social Policy.

Course Content

 
In the first year students will study:
 
  • Families and Households
  • Research Methods
  • Education
  • Research Methods in the context of Education
 
In the second year students will study:
  • Global Development
  • Theory and Methods
  • Crime and Deviance
 
In preparation for the course, please take a look at our Starting with Confidence leaflet, which will give you a head start when you begin the course in September.
 
 

Educational Experiences

Course Specific Trips & Visits

Sociology students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of course related trips. In the last couple of years, these have included:

  • A visit to the Newbridge Conference on Crime and Deviance at which ex-offenders and criminal justice professionals speak about their experiences of crime
  • A visit to the annual Women of the World Conference, where students have the chance to engage with some of the world's leading feminist thinkers.

In addition to course specific experiences, students also have the opportunity to get involved in the College’s:

Activities Programme and Guest Speaker Programme.

Assessment

A Level Sociology is assessed by three, two hour exams, all taken at the end of the second year: 
  • Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods (80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology – Families and Households and Global Development (80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)
  • Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (80 marks, 33.3% of A Level)
 
The exam board for Sociology is AQA.

Entry Requirements

All students need to have at least five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above (and a satisfactory school reference) in order to be accepted on an A Level/BTEC Level 3 Programme. 

In addition, students should meet the following minimum GCSE requirements:  

  • Grade 5 in a literate subject such as English Language, English Literature or History

Students will enjoy Sociology if they have a genuine interest in finding out how society works, the causes of social problems and their potential solutions.

The course will help to develop a growing sense of social responsibility with an emphasis on how wider society and world issues influence our relationships with others.

Students should enjoy sharing ideas and interacting with others and have a high standard of written communication. They should also have the ability to both think and work independently.

How to Apply

Applications for entry September 2018

The application form for the academic year 2018-2019 is available to download here.

Students from non-partner schools must return their forms directly to Reigate College, NOT their schools. All applications will be considered according the College's Admissions Policy.

Students from partner schools (Reigate, Warwick, de Stafford and Oakwood) should return their completed Partner Schools Application Form to their school. 

The initial cut-off date for applications for entry September 2018 is 1st November 2017. A student's chances of obtaining a place are higher, the earlier the application is made. Students who apply after 1st November 2017 will be placed on a waiting list.

Please see the Admissions timetable for information about the College’s enrolment process.

Download Course Leaflet

Download the A Level Sociology information leaflet.

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