A level

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Level 3


2 years full-time




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The fascinating study of sociology provides a lens through which we can critically analyse the structures, institutions and interactions that shape our world. An understanding of sociology is beneficial for a wide range of careers, including policing, law, politics, teaching, social work, journalism and business. 

Studying A-level Sociology at our sixth form centre, you will explore key sociological concepts, theories and methodologies, providing you with the necessary tools to engage with complex issues affecting society today. You will develop a strong understanding of the impact that social and economic structures have on the lives and experiences of individuals, and will examine the processes behind social change and progress and how social action can make a positive impact on the world.

This A-level course will not only change the way you view the world around you, but will provide you with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, including research, communication and data analysis. On completion, you can go onto a sociology-related degree or an apprenticeship or go directly into industry.

Why choose A-levels at our sixth form centre?

  • PREPARE FOR UNIVERSITY AT A UNIVERSITY – We can provide you with relevant work placements, masterclasses, guest speakers, trips and more
  • AWARD-WINNING SUPPORT – We have won national awards for our student support, which our sixth form students can tap into, from tailored academic support to financial assistance and health and wellbeing services
  • OUTSTANDING LEARNING FACILITIES - We have invested £5.5 million into our brand-new sixth form centre, which includes lecture theatres, classrooms, science and computer labs, practical training facilities and open study spaces
  • MOVE UP TO UNIVERSITY – Want to keep studying at a higher level? This A-level will support your progression to degree level
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Course breakdown

To achieve your Sociology A-level, you must study the following topics:

Topics you will study:

  • Sociological theory and methods 
  • Research methods 
  • Education 
  • Crime and deviance 
  • Culture and identity 
  • Family 
  • Health  
  • Work, poverty and welfare 
  • Beliefs  
  • Global development 
  • The media 
  • Stratification and differentiation 

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • You will need 4 GCSE at grade 5 or above, including Grade 5 in English (Language or Literature) to Study this A-level.

Supporting documents required

  • School applicants will be required to provide a school report, which must include attendance. This will be assessed in conjunction with your qualifications and application during the confirmation of your place at University College Birmingham.

Guaranteed progression

Students who achieve 56 UCAS points or more from this qualification will automatically be guaranteed a place on a degree course at University College Birmingham. Some undergraduate courses require additional entry requirements, so applicants are advised to check entry requirements before applying.

Key information

Teaching and assessment

You will be assessed through three written exam papers in the Summer of your second year. These exams will assess:

  • your knowledge and understanding of sociological theories, concepts and research methods.
  • your ability to apply those concepts and theories to a range of issues
  • your ability to evaluate sociological theories, concepts and research methods.

Your class work and directed learning are designed to prepare you well for your exams and to help you to develop a range of skills that will help you in your future studies and work.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2021-2024.

We are creating something unique and special for Birmingham and I am delighted you are considering us for your next steps. Studying A-levels requires discipline and determination, but it is also incredibly rewarding, offering you a deep insight into the subjects you choose to study. Sixth form is also an opportunity for you to discover what’s important to you and how you want to make your mark on the world. Our aim is to support and challenge you through this, while developing your character and widening your horizons so you flourish, professionally and personally. 

Rebecca Tigue Sixth Form Centre Principal

What will this course prepare you for?

On completing A-level Sociology, you can pursue a degree in a whole host of fields, with many choosing sociology, social policy, criminology, psychology, nursing or law.


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