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Legacy Information – A level Sociology

Legacy Information – A level Sociology

Sociology questions assumptions about the social world and considers whether such things as the family, gender relationships and race are socially constructed rather than naturally occurring. Our ‘A’ level course will present you with various sociological theories and ask you to draw on your own experience and background knowledge as well as what you learn in the course to test their validity and accuracy.

This syllabus will be examined for the last time in Summer 2016.  If you are interested in studying Sociology A level for an examination date of 2017 or beyond then please have a look at our new Sociology A level.


The Sociology A level course includes two major components, AS level and A2 level.  AS level is a qualification in its own right and may be studied for on a one-year distance learning course. 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.

The course includes thirteen Tutor-marked Assignments known as TMAs, five in the AS course and eight in the A2.

The Oxford Open Learning course covers the AQA 2190 Sociology specification in four modules with the following titles:


UNIT 1 – Culture, Families and Wealth
UNIT 2 – Education, Health and Sociological Methods

A2 level

UNIT 3 – Beliefs, Development, Media and Politics
UNIT 4 – Crime, Stratification and Theory


The Sociology A level course prepares candidates for the AQA Sociology AS level syllabus 1191, for examination in 2015 and later years. Most candidates will then study the A2 syllabus 2191. The full Sociology A level course comprises AS and A2, its overall syllabus number is 2190. We have chosen this syllabus as it is the most suitable for distance learning.

Both the AS and the A2 components will be examined for the last time in Summer 2016.  If you are interested in a later extermination date please see our Sociology A level course for first examination in summer 2017

Assessment is by two written papers for the AS level and two written papers for the A2 level. This syllabus does not include coursework.

Students wishing to study the Sociology A level Course are expected to have achieved four GCSEs at grade C and above or equivalent qualification.  Students do not need to have studied Sociology GCSE in order to study the Sociology A level.

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