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What Will I Study?

A level Sociology involves studying six key topics

  • Introducing socialisation, culture and identity
  • Youth
  • Understanding social inequalities
  • Research methods
  • Globalisation and the digital social world
  • Crime and Deviance

The six A Level topics are assessed on three exams completed at the end of the course.

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Sociology lessons incorporate a range of learning activties from class discussion to independent research tasks; thus developing students interpersonal and acedemic skills.

Students are assessed by examinations completed at the end of the course.

AS students complete two exams in May time

Exam 1: Introducing socialisation and culture

Exam 2: Researching social inequalities

A Level students complete three exams in June time

Exam 1: Introducing socialisation and culture

Exam 2: Researching social inequalities

Exam 3: Debates in Contemporary society

While you do not need Sociology A Level to study it at university (all that is required is 3 academic A Levels), many students find it beneficial to take the subject at this level. Many find that it is the study of Sociology at A Level which inspires them to take it further and allows them to have sufficient insight to decide whether a career related to Sociology might be suitable for them.

This course enables you to develop your research skills as well as your ability to answer essay and structured questions, which are vital skills for study at degree level on any course. Sociology degrees can also be studied as part of  a combined program known as Joint Honours, subjects traditionally paired with Sociology are Social Policy, Political Science and Philosophy. Degrees in these areas prepare students very well for careers in the Criminal Justice System, the Civil Service, Teaching, policy development and working with charity organisations.

Second year Sociology students recently visited London to enhance their Sociological learning.

On day 1 the group visited the Museum of London to visit the galleries including an Exhibition on Slavery followed by an evening performance of Les Miserables at the historic Queens Theatre. The show took students through an eye opening journey of the French revolution and the violent class struggles of the workers thus enhancing their appreciation of the Social Inequality Unit studied in year 1.

As part of the Crime and Deviance Unit studied in year 2, the students also attended the Old Bailey where they sat in on court cases, including fraud, terrorism and manslaughter. This gave students a real insight into the workings of a busy court and a day without technology, as mobile phones and devices are banned in court!

They were also given the opportunity to explore the surrounding area, with some students visiting nearby St Pauls Cathedral. All students embraced the busy two days with enthusiasm and maturity highlighting that they are true ambassadors of Cirencester College.

Students will be provided with text books however are expected to purchase course booklets from the college at a cost of around £5. These include key sociological studies; exam structure; articles and resources and key term glossaries.


  • Annual Restorative Justice Conference : An all-day event with a range of speakers related to topics covered in A Level.
  • Sociology Champion- students can become a Champion which requires them to attend open evening/day events to promote the subject. Including the opportunity to deliver taster sessions to prospective students.
  • Sociology Peer mentor- Opportunity to peer mentor other students in the cohort. You will be given training and support by department teachers.
  • Relevant trips: For example last year, students went to London where they attended court cases at the old Bailey.

Key Facts

Offered As

ASA Level

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Awarding Body


The sociology team are there to support you throughout your studies. We offer weekly drop in Booster sessions where students can get one to one support for homework, assessments and revision. We also run a Sociology Peer mentoring scheme which you can opt into for extra support.

Progression and Career Opportunities

A study of the world’s leaders has found that almost half have a social science degree. 84.2% of social science graduates were employed three years after graduating. Social workers can earn on average £24,000 to £40,000 a years

Career Opportunities:

  • Social Worker
  • Youth Worker
  • Community Worker


Higher Education 56%

Employment/apprenticeships 19%

Erin Woodend- Won the exceptional sociology student award 2017


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