Course type:
A-levels

A-level in Sociology

If you are interested in people and the world around you, then Sociology is a subject that will appeal to you. Sociology is the study of societies and looks at how people live, behave and work together in groups.  Some examples of the many of issues that will be addressed in this course are:

  • What is the purpose of education?
  • Why are poorer people typically less healthy?
  • How much are we influenced by the media?
  • What is the best way to control crime?

You will also develop your knowledge and understanding of sociological theory and the research methods used by sociologists to examine specific aspects of society.

In studying Sociology, you will question often 'taken for granted' facts and develop your ability to examine and evaluate conflicting arguments about some of the issues and problems society faces. Sociology is also an active, diverse subject that is accepted by all universities and is useful for complementing a number of other A-level subjects including History, Psychology, Business and English.

To do well in this subject, you need to take an active interest in the world today by keeping up to date with media reports and world news. You must be prepared to understand and memorise a wide range of terminology, concepts and theories.

You will also be required to write sustained, structured essays to demonstrate confident knowledge and persuasive perspective.  Perhaps most importantly, you must bring an enthusiasm for discussion and debate to contribute valuable knowledge and ideas to a wide range of interesting topics!

At Hartpury, we follow the AQA Sociology specification. For more information, click here

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
Duration:
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

GCSE | You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics and English Language, as well as:

GCSE grade 6 or above in English Language.

Why study A-levels at Hartpury College?

Hartpury College is not like a traditional sixth form college. Studying on our specialist College and University Centre campus offers unrivalled opportunities to expand your horizons and achieve your ambitions, from getting a place at the university you want to opening the door to your dream job.

We’ll give you all the care and support you need but we’ll also treat you as an adult and an individual.

Our A-level offer is unique – combining academic study with a world of enrichment opportunities – and we’re skilled at helping students to balance their elite sport or riding commitments and their studies. You’ll also have access to our exceptional sport, equine and animal and land facilities within a thriving international community. Plus there’s no school uniform of course!

Our students have achieved excellent results with us and many progress on to the UK’s top universities. We’ve even had an Oxbridge offer and other students have gone on to secure sports scholarships in the USA!

How to apply

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We’re currently working on online applications but, in the meantime, to apply to study for a Diploma course, A-levels or an apprenticeship at Hartpury College, you’ll need to download and complete this application form and send it back to us by either:

Scanning and emailing to admissions@hartpury.ac.uk

Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus. If you are successful at interview, we will send you written confirmation of your offer on the course - subject to you achieving the required GCSE grades (there will be a form on the website for you to provide us with these on results day). Accommodation and transport details will be sent with this letter (confirmation offer) if you requested this. Please note you cannot apply for transport or accommodation unless you have been offered a place.

Get ready to start

During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment and the kit and books you may need before you start. There will be various forms you need to complete and send back to us before you start in September. You can find out more on our Coming to Hartpury page

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