A Level


  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body


  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to Sociology

Who controls your choices? You or society? Sociologists question the society in which we live to understand the relationship between individuals and institutions, such as the education system, the family and religion. We look at which groups of people in society have more power to control these institutions and how that may affect our daily lives.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades

    GCSE grade 6 in English Language or English Literature

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for Sociology is 58.

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About the Course

Sociology is essential for understanding today’s interconnected yet unequal world. Sociologists are interested in why society works in the way that it does, and they examine issues of social injustice. They conduct research into and evaluate the extent to which behaviour, and opportunities, can be shaped or limited by class, age, gender, sexuality and race.

Across two years you will study 6 key topics: education, family, theory, methods, beliefs/religion and crime. This is an essay-based subject and the final assessment takes the form of 3 x 2 hour exams at the end of the two years. Throughout the two years you will be assessed in class by a range of different essays.

2023 Sociology A level results


48% of our students achieved A* to A


81% of our students achieved A* to B 


100% of our students achieved A* to E

Course information

Sociology is a stimulating and relevant subject which allows students to examine the dynamics of the society in which they live. It opens up questions about the position of people in society on the basis of their social class, their gender, their ethnicity among many other factors. It will help you to critically examine a world you may previously have taken for granted.

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I love the atmosphere of Sociology. It is such a fun and open environment. I seriously come out with all sorts in those lessons.

Liam, Year 12 student

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4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

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Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.