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 AS 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 – AS 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.
How do class and ethnicity impact on educational achievement? Why do people commit crime? How is gender connected with power? Our AS 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 AS level course is ideal if you:.
Section 1: The sociology of education and schools
Section 2: Educational achievement
Section 3: Sociological research methods
Section 4: The sociology of families and households
Section 5: Childhood gender and demographic change
Study AS level Sociology with us and benefit from:
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.
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.”
*The specification suggests that 150 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 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 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
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
Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.
Your course fee includes:
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Non-exam assessment (NEA):
We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies. In our experience learning online works best when either a parent or guardian are involved. This is why NEC has developed our unique Progress Tracker to help you to support your child.
NEC’s Progress Tracker will allow you to easily track your child’s progress across their subjects and gain insight to how well they are doing through access to their assignment grades and tutor feedback.
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. We offer a choice of six or 12 month repayment plans, with 0% APR as standard.
To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Course fee: £495
Amount of credit: £445.50
Monthly payment: £37.13
Duration of agreement: 12 months
Total repayable: £495
Rate of interest: 0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.
The National Extension College (NEC) work with finance company Deko. For more information on our relationship with Deko and repayment plans click here.
Study at your own pace.
There are no academic requirements for this course.
Course materials are written in English so a good level of written English is required.