A Level

Awarding Body: Eduqas

Course Description

This stimulating subject explores the changes taking place in society and their impacts. Is society equal? Is there a stereotypical criminal? Why do females achieve more than males in education? This could be the subject for you if you enjoy learning about people and social situations.

There are no additional entry requirements for this course. Please refer to the basic entry requirements.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Tier Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your choices.

Key sociological themes in year 1 include the concept of ‘culture’; perceptions of youth; education; and the methods of research used in sociology. In year 2 there are two core areas of study. Firstly, you will explore crime and deviance; for example, whether males are more aggressive than females and why teenagers are often seen to be behaving in a criminal or anti-social manner. Finally, you will go on to look at the nature, causes and consequences of social inequality.

Sociology gives you the opportunity to develop a range of skills which are both subject-specific and transferable. Some of the main transferable skills are: strong written and oral communication skills, the ability to understand complex ideas and apply these to situations, research and analytical skills, and the ability to use evidence and logic to construct a good argument.

100% Exam

The College’s E6 Programme will support your current and future aspirations. We suggest some volunteering or a work experience placement is a positive addition to your CV. Polish your Personal Statement for your Higher Education application. You could also undertake an EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) which allows you to pursue your own topic. Take the opportunity to make yourself stand out!

Sociology students are found in a variety of occupations. Common careers are ones that tend to centre around people. This may be within the education sector such as teachers, social sector such as social workers, or the criminal sector such as working within the police force.

In your first year, you will sit a mock exam within the summer term. In your second year, you will sit a mock exam within the spring term. You will then sit three final exams in the summer term.