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Sociology A Level

AQA

A level Sociology

Explore the rich variety and complexity of human social life when you study A level Sociology online.

From race and gender identity, to criminal behaviour, inequality, religion and family conflict – sociology will open up your understanding of human behaviour and interaction. It also seeks to improve the society in which we live.

Our A level Sociology online course is full of engaging, relevant topics delivered through high quality course materials. Supported by a personal tutor you’ll explore the core principles of sociology and develop skills valued by higher education and employers – such as critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

So, if you’re inquisitive about how we interact and motivated to improve the society we live in – A level Sociology is the course for you! It can lead to a range of rewarding career routes, including charity work, probation and youth work, law, PR and market research.

Why study Sociology?

How do class and ethnicity impact on educational achievement? Why do people commit crime? How is gender connected with power? Our A level Sociology online course is full of intriguing questions.

Through your studies you’ll gain subject knowledge and develop skills of analysis, evaluation and independent thinking. You’ll also explore key research methods used by sociologists. Looking to the future, this qualification is perfect preparation for a social science degree and promotes skills that enhance employability.

Our Sociology A level course is ideal if you:.

  • Are keen to build on the knowledge you’ve gained at GCSE level.
  • Have an interest in human behaviour and how society shapes our daily life experience.
  • Aim to pursue a career in which you can effect positive change in society, by understanding and helping others.
  • Would like to build your skills as an independent, analytical thinker to enhance your employability.

Future opportunities

  • Studying sociology at university.
  • A range of rewarding careers in fields such as international aid, charity work, probation and social work, HR, market research, public relations, marketing, law and journalism.

Course content

Section 1: The sociology of education and schools

  • Introduction to sociology
  • Sociological perspectives on education
  • School relationships and processes
  • School subcultures

Section 2: Educational achievement

  • Class and educational achievement
  • Gender and educational achievement
  • Ethnicity and educational achievement
  • Educational policies
  • Methods in context

Section 3: Sociological research methods

  • The relationship between theory and methods
  • Planning research
  • Secondary data sources
  • Research methods for quantitative data
  • Research methods for qualitative data

Section 4: The sociology of families and households

  • Sociological perspectives on the family
  • Politics, social policy and the family
  • Changing families

Section 5: Childhood gender and demographic change

  • Gender roles and power
  • Childhood
  • Demographic change and the family

Section 6: Beliefs in society 1

  • Religion, science and ideology
  • Religion as a force for social stability
  • Religion as a force for social change
  • Religious organisations

Section 7: Beliefs in society 2

  • New religious movements
  • Gender, feminism and religion
  • Religion, ethnicity, age and class
  • Secularisation

Section 8: Crime and deviance 1

  • Social control, deviance and crime
  • Radical criminology
  • Labelling theory
  • Crime statistics

Section 9: Crime and deviance 2

  • Ethnicity, gender and crime
  • Social class and crime
  • Crime in a global world
  • The criminal justice system

Section 10: Revision – theory and methods

  • Revising sociological theory
  • Revising education and the family
  • Revising sociological methods
  • Revising beliefs in society and crime and deviance

Study A level Sociology with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students

learn@nec

Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Mike who is just one of our first-class sociology tutors:

“I have taught in a range of higher educational establishments on a part time basis, and am experienced in teaching at a range of levels from access courses through to masters degrees. I am a longstanding examiner with AQA and CIE, on AS and A level sociology courses. Having been involved in online education from an early stage, I am committed to the delivery of online distance learning, and the importance of supporting learners as they progress through the course materials. I have a BA (Hons) in Social Administration from Lancaster, and a MA gained with distinction and a PhD from Liverpool University.”

At a glance

Exam board

  • AQA 7192

Format

  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor

Hours

  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 250-300* hours plus time for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 300 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading. Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 300 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 5 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.

Assignments

  • 11 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade

Resources

Set textbooks – included as a free ebook with your course:

  • Sociology for AQA, Vol. 1: AS and 1st-Year A level, K Browne, Polity Press, 2015
  • Sociology for AQA, Vol. 2: 2nd Year A level, K Browne, Polity Press, 2016

Requirements

  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • Free e-book version of the essential textbooks
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams
  • Academic references if needed

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Exam entry fees

Optional extras:

  • Additional past paper marking
  • Revision tutorial
  • Optional tutorial
  • Additional review

Exams and assessment

Exams (three):

  • 33.3% of marks  (2 hours)
  • 33.3% of marks  (2 hours)
  • 33.3% of marks  (2 hours)

There is no non-exam assessment (NEA) for this course

Additional support if you’re under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies.  In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
  • Dedicated Parent Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.
  • Access to the Kudos career platform for young learners to explore career choices.

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.