A Level Sociology

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Course Code : H78

Guided Learning Hours : 320

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Our online Sociology A Level course looks at the way society works and develops. The study of sociology is absorbing and highly practical - you'll find that much of what you learn applies to a wide range of professional and personal situations, from family and education to the media and crime.

Throughout the A Level Sociology course you'll develop a wide-ranging understanding of our social structure and how it operates. You'll begin with a focus on family and cultural identity, and progress onto issues such as wealth, poverty and welfare. You'll also study the health and education needs of society, as well as belief systems, crime and the media.

You'll learn some of the methods used by sociologists and be shown how apply that knowledge to your own research project. Through your sociology studies you'll understand more about the development of societies and the forces which shape behaviour, values and identity. By understanding more about the world around you, you'll come to understand your own motivations and behaviours better.

This course will prepare you for the AQA Sociology A Level specification (7192) exams.

The A Level Sociology is structured into 10 individual units which relate to three themes. Each theme is assessed through an exam.


  1. Education with Theory and Methods
  2. Topics in Sociology
  3. Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Unit 1: The sociology of education and schools

  1. Introduction to sociology
  2. Sociological perspectives on education
  3. School relationships and processes

Unit 2: Educational achievement and politics

  1. Class and educational achievement
  2. Gender, ethnicity and educational achievement
  3. Educational policies
  4. Methods in context

Unit 3: Sociological research methods

  1. The relationship between methods and theory
  2. Planning research
  3. Types of data
  4. Data sources

Unit 4: The sociology of families and households

  1. Sociological perspectives on the family
  2. Changing families

Unit 5: Childhood, gender and demographic change

  1. Gender roles and power
  2. Childhood
  3. Demographic change and the family

Unit 6: Beliefs in society 1

  1. Religion, science and ideology
  2. Functionalist and Marxist approaches
  3. Religion as a force for change (Weber and Neo Marxists)

Unit 7: Beliefs in society 2

  1. Religion and religious activity
  2. Religion and gender, feminism, ethnicity and youth
  3. Secularism

Unit 8: Crime and deviance 1

  1. Deviance and control theories – including strain and sub cultural theories
  2. Patterns of crime – environmental approaches, gender issues, ethnicity and crime

Unit 9: Crime and deviance 2

  1. Occupational, corporate and environmental crime
  2. Ethnicity and crime
  3. The criminal justice system – prevention, policing, surveillance and punishment

Unit 10: Revision – theory and methods

In this unit you'll revise the material in Units 1-5 and prepare for the A Level exam.

The A Level Sociology course is suitable for you if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the perfect foundation if you're thinking about studying Sociology at a higher level.

A Level Sociology is useful if you want to work in fields such as social work, politics, the civil service, the media, international aid/development, HR or education. 

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol on our A Level Sociology online course. That's because we believe in making learning - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible. However, you should have a reasonable awareness of contemporary issues.

A Level Sociology can be the first step towards college or degree-level study of sociology and many other subjects.

Degree-level study of Sociology could lead to jobs such as:

  1. Social or youth worker
  2. Community development worker
  3. Family support worker
  4. International aid/development worker
  5. Social researcher

The study of sociology is also valuable in fields such as politics, the civil service, education, HR, marketing and media.

In the workplace, you'll find your A Level Sociology will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, a good understanding of people, and excellent reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

Your A Level in Sociology can count towards entry to college or university for many subjects. You should contact the institution you're interested in attending to find out their entry requirements.

Students who complete this course often go on to study a Sociology, Psychology, History or English Literature degree. 

We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll pay a small deposit when you enrol and the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can extend the terms or pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

You can also pay for your course in full when you enrol.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. 

You’ll also have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies:

  1. Live Induction Webinar
  2. Interactive Quizzes
  3. Progress Checks
  4. Peer Discussions
  5. E-books
  6. Personal Journal
  7. AQA Resources

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who will be with you from enrolment to graduation. They’ll answer questions about coursework, study materials, assessments and exams, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your assessments. All your papers will be marked and given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

Supporting textbooks are not provided with this course. However, we strongly recommend you source the following ebooks due to the additional resources available:

  1. Sociology for AQA: Volume 1: AS and 1st-Year A Level by K Browne, Publisher: Polity
  2. Sociology for AQA: Volume 2: 2nd-Year A Level by K Browne, Publisher: Polity

There are three exams for the A Level Sociology specification (7192):

  1. Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
  2. Paper 2: Topics in Sociology
  3. Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Method

Exams are set nationally by AQA and are held in summer each year. You must complete all 3 exams during the same exam diet.

Important Exam Information

Please be aware that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll help you find a suitable exam centre, usually a nearby school or college, and give you all the information you need to book your place. You'll have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.

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Exam centre and registration fees are additional to your course fees. The cost will vary according to the exam centre you use.

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