Sociology AS Level Course

£ 277.30

Distance Learning Centres AS Level Sociology Course will help students to prepare for their AQA Sociology AS Level exams as a private candidate.

Course Description

The Sociology AS Level Course will present you with a number of various sociological theories and ask you to draw on your own experience and background, as well as the information learnt in the course. Students can draw on their past experiences and background knowledge to test the accuracy of the various Sociological theories that will be presented, and to use them alongside the new information with which you will be provided to answer essay and examination questions.

This home study course follows the new linear Sociology AS Level syllabus. Students wanting to complete a full A Level should purchase a course from the A Level Course section of our website.

Each of the lessons on this syllabus begins with a set of clear objectives and an explanation of its place within the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are 7 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) in this course.

Specification & Exams

Students can study for the AQA Sociology 7191 AS Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2021 or later years.


  • Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 60 marks in total (50% of A-level).
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 60 marks in total (50% of A-level).

The Sociology AS Level Home Study Course is Divided into the Following Units:
The module includes the following lessons: What is Sociology?; and Introduction to Research Methods.
The module includes the following lessons: Culture and Identity; Families and Households; Families and Households; Wealth and Poverty; and Welfare.
The module includes the following lessons: Education (1); Education (2); Health; and Sociological Methods.


We will admit Candidates for AS 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.

Additional Reading

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).

Additional non-essential recommended reading is 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 revision.

Duration & Support

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.

AQA AS Level Examination Centres and Exam Dates

All AQA specification AS 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:

AS 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 date for all subjects is 12 November 2021. Students can also aim for exams in Summer 2023 if that is their preference, providing the specification is still available.

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Additional information

Course Format

Paper Based Materials

Self-Study Time

Approximately 350 Hours (Self-Study)

Delivery Time

7 Working Days (Courier Service)