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A-Level Sociology

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Engage with theoretical debates related to the education system, family, religion and crime. Sociologists undertake research to identify social problems and attempt to influence governments to improve the social world. As part of your studies you will evaluate the effectiveness of government policies, theories and research. Studying sociology will challenge you to think deeply about society and rethink many assumptions that we take for granted. You will study:

  • Socialisation, culture and identity
  • Family and relationships
  • Researching social inequalities
  • Understanding social inequalities
  • Globalisation and the digital social world
  • Research Methods in the context of education, crime and deviances, and faith beliefs in contemporary society

This course is 100% exam based.


What Does The Programme Include

You will develop your skills of analysis, evaluation, active reading and sociological imagination. You will evaluate both theoretical perspectives and research studies so that you are able to construct evidence-based arguments and critical sociological essays, which lead to justified conclusions.

Entry Requirements

The standard requirement for A Levels is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/​C or above as a minimum for humanities subjects and 6/​B in maths for all science subjects.

Each A Level subject has its own additonal entry requiement, please see below:

Grade 6/​B or above in English or a humanities subject.

Need to re-sit? No problem. If you don’t achieve a Grade 4/​C in GCSE maths or English, you’ll resit the exams with us and we’ll help you prepare.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

This is a linear subject which means it is examined externally entirely at the end of year two. There will be end of year exams in June of your first year which will determine your progress and whether you can enter the second year. During the two years of study, you will be regularly assessed under test conditions to practise being able to understand and respond to the questions asked in the correct time allocation so that you are fully prepared for the final exams. There is an assessment calendar for A levels which includes timed assessment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feedback gained from these assessments will help you to develop your skills, target your revision and where necessary enable us to provide additional support.

Additional Information

You will undertake some sociological research during your course. 

Potential Future Career

Example job roles:

  • Teacher
  • Social worker
  • Nurse
  • Human Resources Officer
  • Journalist

Studying further degrees in:

  • Sociology
  • Social policy
  • Journalism
  • Criminology
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Law


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I’ve had a brilliant two years at New College Stamford, it’s been the best years of my education! With grades A*, A, B, I’m now progressing to Cardiff University to study Journalism.

Seb Sadler



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