Exam board:WJEC AS Level: 2200QS – A Level: 1200QS
The study of A level Sociology focuses on contemporary society and refers to Wales where applicable. Studying sociology fosters the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity. It provides an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining social issues. Students are encouraged to develop their own sociological awareness through active engagement with the contemporary social world and Welsh society.
The subject looks at the way in which society shapes our lives, and relates to individual experience of whatever kind, to the nature of wider society. A sociologist might study how people behave in families, why some people are involved in crime, why some children perform better in schools, why some people are poor, the role of women, and so on.
To study A Level Sociology you need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4-9 / C or above including English Language and Mathematics.
The study of WJEC AS and A level in Sociology focuses on contemporary society and refer toWales where applicable. Studying sociology must foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity. It must provide an awareness of the importance of social structure and social action in explaining
The following concepts and theoretical issues will be covered across the
social order, social control
conflict and consensus
social structure and social action
the role of values
the relationship between sociology issues and contemporary social policy.
At AS and A2 learners will be expected to demonstrate:
a wide range and depth of knowledge and understanding
skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation
At A2 there is a greater emphasis on the higher level skills of application, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.
This is a unitised specification which allows for an element of staged assessment. Assessment
opportunities will be available in the summer assessment period each year, until the end of the
life of the specification.
This specification is divided into a total of 4 units, 2 AS unit and 2 A2 units. Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification.
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.
To find out more about exam access arrangements click here
The regular A Level courses commence in September and an intake in January, these courses are designed to be taught in a classroom environment / online and follow a structured curriculum with a fixed schedule of classes, assessments and exams.
Distance Learning online courses can be started at any time throughout the year, and students can work at their own pace and in their own time.
You can study A level courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and pre-recorded and in person teaching in class. The other option is only online live classes or Distance learning course.
Distance Learning is a self-study course that you work through at your own pace using our Online course materials; a wide range of online resources, access to our Google classroom and tutor support when you need it.
A level’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year, would be an intensive course. You may be able to complete the course in one year as an intensive course; you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.
We offer support to all our students! We help you with your university options, personal statement writing, we provide a reference and your predicted grades. We also help you prepare for you interviews.
Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online. If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.
If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.