Sociology, A Level
This programme teaches you to understand the five main sociological perspectives and apply these ideas to the academic study of society. The main topics covered on this A Level include culture, socialisation and identity, research methods, globalisation and beliefs.
A key feature of the social sciences is the application of subjective ideas. This subject offers a range of approaches to understand society, and interpretation and perception are a key part of this. It is important that before the start of the programme you take the time to research the subject and have a basic understanding of what sociology entails. Debates will often focus on cultural practices, looking at why some ideas are acceptable in some cultures and not acceptable in others, for example arranged marriage and the death penalty.
How will I be assessed?
Units are assessed through three exams at the end of year two.
What could I do after this course?
This programme is an ideal stepping-stone for study at degree-level in sociology, social work, international relations and social policy. You could also progress to the degree in BA (Hons) Uniformed and Public Services, BA (Hons) SEND and Inclusive Practice or a BA (Hons) in Education, Society and Childhood at University Centre Weston.
Five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including English and maths.
Take a look at a day in the life of our A-level student Rosie!
Occupations related to Sociology, A Level
Social or Humanities Scientist
Social and humanities scientists study and analyse human behaviour and the origin, structure and characteristics of language; undertake research in areas such as sociology, economics, politics, archaeology, history, philosophy, literature, the arts; organise the collection of qualitative and quantitative information, and perform subsequent analyses.
Employment in region: 518 positions
Social workers provide information, advice and support to those who are socially excluded or are experiencing crisis; they protect the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, young people, people with disabilities, elderly people and people who are mentally or physically ill, and they may specialise in specific areas of work.
Employment in region: 1,669 positions
What our students say
Rosie, A Level - Psychology, Sociology and Business Studies
College is a time to aspire and dream, and what makes Weston different is that they help you every step of the way to reach those dreams.
FORMER SCHOOL: Clevedon School.
Rosie is set to study Human and Social Sciences at Cardiff University