Our online Sociology A Level course looks at the way society works and develops. The study of sociology is absorbing and highly practical, with applications in a wide range of professional and personal situations, from families and education to the media and crime.
Throughout the duration of the A Level Sociology course you will develop a wide-ranging understanding of our social structure and how it operates. You will begin with a focus on family and cultural identity, and progress onto issues such as wealth, poverty and welfare. You will also study the health and education needs of society, as well as belief systems, crime and the media.
You will 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. And in understanding more about the world around you, you'll come to understand your own motivations and behaviours better.
**This course prepares you for the new AQA Sociology A Level syllabus (7192),for examinations in Summer 2017. This will be the first examination for this specification. For more information on A level specification reforms please speak to our course advisors.**
This course prepares students for the New AQA Sociology A Level specification (7192),for examinations in Summer 2017 and beyond. These will be the first examinations for this specification. For more information on A level specification reforms please speak to our course advisors.
The A Level Sociology is structured into 10 individual units which relate to three themes. All three themes have externally examined assessments.
- Education with Theory and Methods
- Topics in Sociology
- Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
Unit 1: The sociology of education and Schools
- Introduction to sociology
- Sociological perspectives on education
- School relationships and processes
Unit 2: Educational achievement and politics
- Class and educational achievement
- Gender, ethnicity and educational achievement
- Educational policies
- Methods in context
Unit 3: Sociological research methods
- The relationship between methods and theory
- Planning research
- Types of data
- Data sources
Unit 4: The sociology of families and households
- Sociological perspectives on the family
- Changing families
Unit 5: Childhood, gender and demographic change
- Gender roles and power
- Demographic change and the family
Unit 6: Beliefs in society 1
- Religion, science and ideology
- Functionalist and Marxist approaches
- Religion as a force for change (Weber and Neo Marxists)
Unit 7: Beliefs in society 2
- Religion and religious activity
- Religion and gender, feminism, ethnicity and youth
Unit 8: Crime and deviance 1
- Deviance and control theories – including strain and sub cultural theories
- Patterns of crime – environmental approaches, gender issues, ethnicity and crime
Unit 9: Crime and deviance 2
- Occupational, corporate and environmental crime
- Ethnicity and crime
- The criminal justice system – prevention, policing, surveillance and punishment
Unit 10: Revision – theory and methods
- Revise the material in Units 1-5
- Prepare for the A Level exam
You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our A Level Sociology Online course. That's because we believe in making home study - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible. An awareness of current issues is recommended.
An A Level in Sociology can lead to university studies and a career in any of a wide variety of careers, such as social welfare, healthcare, politics and the media. If you want to enter or progress in employment, you'll find your A Level Sociology will demonstrate to employers that you have an understanding of people and the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.
This course will prepare you to sit the AQA A Level Sociology Specification 7192 examinations.
There are three exams for the A Level Sociology specification 7192
- Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods
- Paper 2: Topics in Sociology
- Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods
These exams are set nationally by AQA. The new A Level syllabus will be a two year linear course with all assessments at one exam diet
The first available examination date for this course takes place in Summer 2017
Important Exam Information
Please note that you are responsible for making your own exam arrangements. You will have to pay an examination fee as well as a centre fee which will vary depending on exam centre.
Find out more information about arranging your examinations.
This course prepares students for the AQA Sociology A Level specification (7192),for examinations in Summer 2017 and beyond. These will be the first examinations for this specification. For more information on A level specification reforms please speak to our course advisors.
Because we're experts in online learning, we offer all the support you need along the way.
You'll gain access to our study materials via our online Student Community. These materials have been specially designed for distance learning by experts in your chosen field.
Supporting textbooks are not provided with this course. However, we strongly recommend students of the A Level Sociology course source the following ebooks due to the additional resources available:
- Sociology for AQA: Volume 1: AS and 1st-Year A Level by K Browne, Publisher: Polity
- Sociology for AQA: Volume 2: 2nd-Year A Level by K Browne, Publisher: Polity
You'll have access to an experienced personal tutor both online and over the phone, ready to help you with guidance and motivation.
Being part of our online Student Community means you will also have access to library materials and your account information, as well as vital links with your fellow students, with the chance to discuss your work and ask questions.
You can either pay for your course in full or opt for an interest free monthly payment plan.
Speak to one of our course advisors now for payment plans.