A-Level Sociology

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6191
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: AEB, SEG & NEAB
  • Study Mode: Full time

Are you interested in how people behave? How society is changing and what conflicts occur? Topics such as the modern family, the education system and crime and deviance will be studied in A-Level Sociology, whilst studying theoretical perspectives such as feminism, Marxism and Functionalism, questions raised will include why divorce is on the increase, why girls outperform boys at school and what are the causes of crime.

What will I study?

In the first year, you will study:

  • Education with methods in context
  • Research methods, families and households

In the second year, you will study:

  • Education with theory and methods
  • Families and households
  • Beliefs in society
  • Crime and deviance
  • Sociological theories
Entry Requirements

To study A-Level Sociology you will need 5 Cs at GCSE (or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs).

You do not need to have studied Sociology at GCSE in order to study it at A-Level but an active and inquiring mind and an interest in the world around you would be advantageous.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed continuously through written and group work as well as formally through the examination process.  AS Examinations are taken at the end of the year.  There are three examination papers at A -Level.  Marks awarded in the first year do not count towards your final grade.

What can I do next?

A qualification in Sociology is good preparation for a wide range of careers, for example the police, prison service, youth work, teaching, social work and the probation service. Obtaining A-Level Sociology can also lead you onto a wide variety of degree courses at university.

Your Study Programme

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street.

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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