In the first year of the course, students will study AS Sociology. This is a stand-alone qualification that is co-taught with A-level Sociology. Teaching is delivered by a variety of methods such as small group work, presentations, quizzes, debates and practical research. The research undertaken by students will allow them to experience some of the practical, ethical and methodological issues that sociologists encounter in their fieldwork.

Assessment is by AQA examination only. There are two, ninety minute exams at AS level, consisting of two papers. Each exam is worth 50% of the AS level qualification. Successful completion of both exams will provide students with their overall AS grade. The AS exams and grade are separate from A-level and are not transferrable. The exams will take place in either May or June.

At A-level students will take three two hour exams. Each exam paper is worth a third of the A-level qualification. Students have to complete all three exams to achieve their A-level qualification. The exams will take place in either May or June.

Work Experience All students are required to complete a minimum of 20 hours work experience in both year one and year two. This will help develop the personal qualities and skills required by universities and employers.


The Families and Households module will analyse how the family has changed and developed over time and space. Students will examine the social construction of childhood, the influence of culture on family structures, changing patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation and divorce. They will also assess the diversity of contemporary family life.

The Education with Methods in Context module analyses the different roles and functions of the education system in the UK. The students will critically examine various theoretical approaches that attempt to explain how differences in social class, gender and ethnicity influence educational attainment. Students will also analyse various qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods. This will include the use of controlled experiments, questionnaires, interviews, observation and ethnographic techniques.

In the Beliefs in Society module students will explore the role and function that religion has for individuals and groups in society. Students will examine the impact that religion has on organising social norms and values, and assess how changes in society influence religious beliefs. This module also analyses religious ideology and the various forms that religion takes, which includes mainstream religious practices and those of sects and cults.

In the Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods module, students will assess the causes of crime and deviance in society and the different ways in which they are explained by sociologists. Students will examine patterns of crime and their disparities in relation to age, social class, ethnicity, gender and the environment. The relationship between theory and sociological methods will also be explored, alongside some of the practical and ethical considerations influencing sociological research.

Key Areas

Sociology Families and Households Education Research Methods Beliefs in Society Crime and Deviance

What Next

Taken as part of a package of A-levels, this course can lead on to a degree course in Sociology or other subjects. You will be equipped to go to university and to engage in Careers in the Social Science pathways, which include but are not limited to:

Criminology, Adult/child-care, early years, and family services, Community cohesion and development, Education, urban and economic consultancy, Corporate social responsibility, Criminal justice services/Youth Justice Services, Diversity and human rights, Economic development, Teaching, education and training/lifelong learning, Employment services, Health services, Housing, Immigration services, International aid and development, Legal services, Urban planning and redevelopment, Police or Policy information and advice.

Entry Criteria

6 GCSEs at grade 5 (C) or above including at least a grade 5 in your GCSE English language and maths.

Course options

  • 2018/19 Full Time Day


    Bournville College Birmingham


    Bournville Campus

    Mode of attendance

    2018/19 Full Time Day


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    Age range Start Fees Duration Further information
    16-18 September - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 16-18 year olds is likely to be free.
    19-23 (no level 3 qualification) September - 2 Academic Year(s) Any course under level 4 for 19-23 year olds without a full level 3 qualification is likely to be free, please contact the college for further information
    19-23 (with 1 or more level 3 qualifications) September £1,800 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
    24+ September £1,800 2 Academic Year(s) You are eligible for an advanced learning loan; please visit our advanced learning loan information page to find out more.
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