Course Type: Full Time

AS/A Level Sociology

  • Course Code CG60027
  • Start Date 6th September 2018
  • Duration 1 year
  • Campus Baltic Campus

Course title: AS/A Level Sociology

Exam board detail: AQA

Type of qualification: A Level (to be studied in conjunction with two other A Level subjects)

Delivery hours per week: 6 hours (1.5-hour lessons)


Section 1: Subject Overview

Sociology is literally the study of society.  The place we live, the place we work, the place we call home.  But why is it so important, and why do some people find it so interesting?

Studying A Level Sociology at Gateshead College is your opportunity to delve into the complex and compelling world around us using expert and innovative teachers and techniques.  Where others teach to the text book and the exam we immerse you in subject to the point where it becomes an innate habit to analyse everything you see and hear from a sociological viewpoint. Having excellent links with local organisations allows our students to experience knowledge from all perspectives; universities, law courts, and the probation service all help in offering an experience unique to Gateshead College and one which inspires students to go on and study the subject at university and beyond. A Level Sociology leads to a vast array of career opportunities from teaching through to social work, and equips you with the skills and knowledge to grasp your future goals with both hands.


Sociology at A level runs over 2 years, with AS student completing year 1.  

In first year you will study:

  • Education and Methods in Context
  • Families and Households and Research Methods


In your second year with us you will study:

  • Crime and Deviance & Theory and Methods
  • Beliefs in Society


In terms of the assessment for this subject, see below detail.


AS Level:

A Level:

Section 2: Assessment Overview

Assessment methods include:

Frequent Topic Tests

Mock Assessments

Practical Assessments

External assessments (exams) will take place in the summer term – May/June.


Section 3: What do other students study alongside Sociology at A Level?

Many of our students will opt to study Psychology, English, History or Government and Politics depending on their long-term destination.


Section 4: What are the possible career opportunities after successful completion of this course?

Students on the course will gain skills of critical thinking, knowledge and understanding of research methods and how to apply sociological theory to society’s organisations. They will gain skills of researching, judging and evaluating complex information and in turn learn how to understand, scrutinise and re-assess common perceptions of the social world. Sociology will also enhance written and communicative skills through set assessment, debates and discussion.  These skills of sociology match that of the skills required for university study linking to dissertation writing in many disciplines especially the humanities and social sciences. Careers which are likely to follow are in areas such as FE Teaching, Public services, Social Services, Youth Services, Advice Services, Social Researching and Charity Fundraising.


Section 5: How can I find out more if I have a question?


Sociology Teacher – laura.morris@gateshead.ac.uk

Curriculum Operations Manager - sarah.latheron@gateshead.ac.uk





An interview is required and guidance is required.

How to apply

You can register your interest for this course online, call 0191 490 2246 or email start@gateshead.ac.uk.

Qualifications needed

Average grade 6 GCSE profile (Higher entry criteria is required for anyone looking to study Maths and/or Sciences at A Level). However, if you do not meet this profile please still come to an Open Event to discuss all options with a member of the A Level Team.

Required experience

We welcome applicants without prior experience.

This course is free to those aged 19 years and under.

Most people aged 19 years and over can qualify for free or reduced course fees. This depends on your individual circumstances.

If you already have a full level 3 qualification and are aged 19 or over you can apply for an Advanced Learning Loan or pay the fee in full upfront, minus a 10% discount.

You can get more information at our Enrolment Events, by calling 0191 490 2246 or email us at start@gateshead.ac.uk

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