The Sociology A Level Course will present you with various sociological theories and ask you to draw on your experiences and background knowledge to test their validity and accuracy. People know and understand 95% of what is happening to them simply by living and learning, wrote the sociologist Professor Halsey. Sociology seeks to provide the other 5% by asking relevant questions and identifying general patterns of social relationships that are not necessarily recognised by those immediately involved.
Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are sixteen Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) which include four practice exam assignments.
The Sociology A Level Home Study Course prepares students for the AQA Sociology A Level (7192) Specification for exams in May/June 2021 or later years. The Sociology A Level is assessed through three written exam papers. There is no coursework assessment with this specification.
- Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods (2 Hours) is 80 marks in total (33.33% of A-level).
- Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (2 Hours) is 80 marks in total (33.33% of A-level).
- Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods (2 Hours) is 80 marks in total (33.33% of A-level).
The Sociology A Level Home Study Course is Divided into Seven Modules Containing 26 Lessons:
- Introduction to Sociology:
- Unit 1: Culture, Families and Wealth
- Unit 2: Education, Health and Sociological Methods
- Unit 3: Beliefs in Society
- Unit 4: Other Optional Topics
- Unit 5: Crime and Deviance
- Unit 6: Sociological Methods and Theories
We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSE’s at grade C and above on the older grading system or 4 or above on the new grading system. For Sociology this should ideally include a grade C/4 or above in English Language.
Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 16 years old on this course.
The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:
- AQA Sociology for A Level Book 1 by D Bown, L Pountney & T Maric (ISBN: 978-1471839399).
- AQA Sociology A Level Student Book 2 by Steve Chapman, Martin Holborn. Stephen Moore and Dave Aiken Collins (ISBN: 978-0007597499)
Some alternative books and non-essential recommended reading are detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.
Students will be supported until their chosen examination window. Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.
There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA’s) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.
All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.
All AQA specification A Level Exams must be taken at a registered examination centre as a private candidate. We offer course materials and tutor support although we don’t offer the examinations. An Examinations Officer can assist any registered student with finding centres and dealing with coursework forms, but we do not book exams on behalf of students and it is the students responsibility to book their own exams.
Students are contacted in December/January and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 examination centres in the UK. If you would like to research exam centres prior to enrolment then you can visit the AQA page for private candidates which shows a small selection of centres set out geographically.
Private Candidates cannot complete AQA Specification Exams outside of the UK.
Examination Dates and Exam fees:
A Level exams are only available in the Summer examination window and examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs.
Please Note: The nearest examination window we can accept students aiming towards is now Summer 2022.
The closing dates for courses which require coursework authentication (English Language, English Literature and History) will be 24 September 2021 and the closing date for other subjects is 15 October 2020. Students can also aim for exams in Summer 2023 if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.
Tutors can support registered students with their University application but this should be arranged in the previous year to sitting exams and prior to the below dates:
- 1st August for Oxford or Cambridge
- 1st December for all other Universities
There is a charge of £100.00 for supporting your application and providing predicted grades and a well-rounded reference which will incorporate something from each of your tutors and be specific to your application. The payment will be made before the required dates and any reference requests received after this date will incur an additional £50.00 penalty payment.
In order that your tutor has something on which to base a reference and/or predicted grade, you need to have done a MINIMUM of six assignments in each subject you are studying. More is better! Your tutor will want you to succeed so talk to them about your plans; it will help with your application if they know something about you.
If you are at school and are doing an A level as an addition to your school studies, then you will need to check with your school to make sure they will accept a predicted grade or some input into the reference that they are doing for you.