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A-Level Sociology

Practical Vs Theory


Course overview

Engage with the­o­ret­i­cal debates relat­ed to the edu­ca­tion sys­tem, fam­i­ly, reli­gion and crime. Soci­ol­o­gists under­take research to iden­ti­fy social prob­lems and attempt to influ­ence gov­ern­ments to improve the social world. As part of your stud­ies you will eval­u­ate the effec­tive­ness of gov­ern­ment poli­cies, the­o­ries and research. Study­ing soci­ol­o­gy will chal­lenge you to think deeply about soci­ety and rethink many assump­tions that we take for granted.


What Does The Pro­gramme Include

You will devel­op your skills of analy­sis, eval­u­a­tion, active read­ing and soci­o­log­i­cal imag­i­na­tion. You will eval­u­ate both the­o­ret­i­cal per­spec­tives and research stud­ies so that you are able to con­struct evi­dence-based argu­ments and crit­i­cal soci­o­log­i­cal essays, which lead to jus­ti­fied conclusions.

Entry Require­ments

The stan­dard require­ment for A Lev­els at Stam­ford Col­lege is 5 GCSEs at Grade 5/C or above as a min­i­mum for human­i­ties sub­jects and 6/B in maths for all sci­ence subjects.

Each A Lev­el sub­ject has its own addi­tion­al entry require­ments, please see below:

Min­i­mum grade 5/C or above in maths and 6/B in two human­i­ties subjects.

We will review each appli­ca­tion on a case-by-case basis to ensure you get a place on the course most suit­able for you. We offer an online inter­view which will explain the A Lev­el pro­gramme and also allow for an infor­mal chat with the tutor for each sub­ject before an offer to study with us can be made to you.

Once enrolled one of the ways we make sure the course is right for you is through a very effec­tive 6 weeks to suc­cess’ pro­gramme that oper­ates from the first day you start your course. This includes sup­port such as (but not lim­it­ed to):

  • Allow­ing you to change sub­ject and course if you change your mind or find the course is not right for you in the first 6 weeks ‑sub­ject to availability 
  • Mov­ing you between A‑Levels and a Lev­el 3 Diplo­ma if you are find­ing your cur­rent lev­el too hard — sub­ject to availability 
  • One-to-one reviews with your aca­d­e­m­ic tutor to ensure you are pro­gress­ing and achiev­ing well

Our course enquiries and admis­sions team can be con­tact­ed at enquiries@​stamford.​ac.​uk should you have any fur­ther questions.

How The Course Will Be Assessed

Dur­ing the two years of study, you will be reg­u­lar­ly assessed under test con­di­tions to prac­tise being able to under­stand and respond to the ques­tions asked in the cor­rect time allo­ca­tion so that you are ful­ly pre­pared for the final exams. There is an assess­ment cal­en­dar for A lev­els which includes timed assess­ment every 4 to 5 weeks. Feed­back gained from these assess­ments will help you to devel­op your skills, tar­get your revi­sion and where nec­es­sary enable us to pro­vide addi­tion­al support.

Addi­tion­al Information

You will study 3 A Lev­el sub­jects, plus tuto­r­i­al and career devel­op­ment ses­sions. Each sub­ject has 6 hours per week con­tact time, with approx­i­mate­ly 4 hours of inde­pen­dent study. 

Unfor­tu­nate­ly we can­not accept stu­dents who only want to study a sin­gle A Lev­el sub­ject due to fund­ing limitations.

Poten­tial Future Career

Exam­ple job roles:

  • Teach­ing
  • Lawyer
  • HR Man­ag­er
  • Jour­nal­ist
  • Char­i­ty Manager
  • PR Man­ag­er
  • Police Offi­cer

Study­ing fur­ther degrees in:

  • Soci­ol­o­gy
  • Social pol­i­cy
  • Jour­nal­ism
  • Crim­i­nol­o­gy
  • Social work
  • Teach­ing
  • Law
  • Busi­ness
  • Pol­i­tics
  • Nurs­ing

Course Con­tent

You will study the fol­low­ing units:

  • The­o­ry and Methods
  • Edu­ca­tion
  • Fam­i­ly
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime


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With amaz­ing sup­port from my tutors, in par­tic­u­lar Paul Don­schak, I achieved A*, A, A. Paul’s pas­sion has inspired me to con­tin­ue to study Physics at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Nottingham.

Alan Cutforth



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