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Sociology A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


This course will give you the opportunity to develop an understanding of our changing society as well as learning about sociological methods and research. It will help you understand how individual lives are influenced by social institutions such as the family, education and the mass media, and you will investigate crime and deviance in contemporary society. 

As a famous Sociologist once said: 

"You can never really understand an individual unless you also understand the society, historical time period in which they live, personal troubles, and social issues." - C. Wright Mills 

Through studying sociology, you will gain unique insights into social life and the social causes and consequences of human behaviour.  

Areas of study include:  

AS units 

  • Culture, Socialisation and Identity, Understanding Families and Households 
  • Understanding the Education System and Methods of Sociological Research.

A2 units 

  • Crime and Deviance 
  • Social Inequality and Applied Research Methods.

Throughout the course you will develop your essay writing skills, develop your ability to debate, discuss social issues, and understand the stages of designing a research project. 

Key information

  • A minimum of seven GCSE’s grades A*-C  
  • B grades in GCSE English Language, English Literature and Mathematics essential.

We follow the WJEC A level syllabus and assessment is through two first year exams and 2-second year exams. 

Throughout the course you will have experience of mock exams and written assessments where you will receive individual feedback and targets based on our three skill areas: knowledge and understanding, interpretation and evaluation.  

Sociology is an excellent A Level in a subject highly regarded by the top universities. You will develop skills ready for university and for a range of careers including: 

  • Police 
  • Teaching 
  • Journalism 
  • Nursing  
  • Social work 
  • Working for major charities.

Courses taken at university include Sociology, Social Policy, Law, Criminology, Sociology and International Relations, Psychology.  

You will have the opportunity to join our annual three-day trip to London, which includes a Crime and Deviance tour, visit to the Royal Courts of Justice, insight into women’s rights, a theatre show celebrating social issues. 

We are a super friendly and supportive department. We provide specialist work booklets to guide you through the course.