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Sociology A Level

Sociology A Level

  • 3

    Level 3

  • Duration
    2 years

  • Start Date
    September 2021

  • Venue
    Ipswich Road

  • Course Code

Start Date

  • September 2021, Full Time


Sociology is the study of society using a range of different perspectives. We look critically at different features of society, such as the family, education, beliefs and crime, thereby , opening ourselves up to new ideas and questioning our own experiences. There is no right and wrong in sociology, only different points of view, and critical thinking is therefore encouraged.

Sociology will enable you to question social organisation, understand people's experiences in different social positions and social groups and become more articulate and fluent in expressing your ideas and opinions.

Students come to sociology from a wide variety of backgrounds and with a range of different experiences and work with a subject specialist with a real commitment and belief in the value of sociology. This makes for lively and stimulating sociological discussion and debates. Classes include using topical visual material, news articles, interactive textbooks and more.

Sociology is an academically rigorous subject, combining theoretical perspectives and real world problems. To succeed, you will need to enjoy reading and writing, should have a keen interest in society and social issues and should be prepared to question common sense understanding. You will learn to compare different ways of understanding society so should be open to different arguments. Sociology goes well with other social sciences and humanities subjects.

Why Our College?

Top 25%

nationally for progress made by students in A Level achievement

ALPS Key Stage 5 progress data 2018

Student success

We have a consistently high A Level pass rate. In 2018, 70% of our students achieved A*-C.

More than A Levels

Your time at our sixth form is about much more than gaining a qualification. You will be treated as an adult and an individual, supported to explore your passions and interests.  

Entry Requirements

Applicants should also have a minimum of six GCSEs at grades 9-4, including GCSE English Language. Students do not need to have completed GCSE Sociology, however if it has been taken, a minimum of a 5 should have been achieved.

Learning Outcomes

To gain the skills and knowledge required to achieve an A level in sociology.


You will be assessed through exams that will test what you have learnt in each section of the course. There are three two-hour written papers that are sat at the end of the second year. Assessment throughout the course is mostly via essay writing and teacher assessment of contributions to class discussion etc.


Students who have studied sociology often go on to university to study it further. Other A level sociology students typically move onto university to study politics, law, history, social work, teaching, social policy, criminology etc.

Career Progression

Students may progress into a range of occupations such as policing, social work, law, teaching, the Civil Service etc.


If you are a UK or home fee status student and aged 16-18 on the 31st August before the start of your course, tuition fees are free. If you are aged 19 and over please contact the Advice Shop