Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to Summer 2019.
If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 30th September. After this date we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. We are able to accept enrolments with Fast Track until 30th November. After this final date you would need to wait until 2019 to sit your exams.
Youth worker, charity fundraiser, probation officer, international aid worker: studying sociology prepares you for working in a range of very different careers. You will look in detail at concepts such as socialisation, culture and identity, and power and stratification.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.
A GCSE or equivalent in English, History or a social science is recommended for this course.
Hours of study
It's really up to you but, as a guide, an A level course takes about 250-300 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Many students allow 18-24 months to complete an A level, but some complete the course within a year.
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
- 2 hours, 33.3% of marks
2 hours, 33.3% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
Active e-book versions of these texts will be included free with your course:
- Sociology for AQA, Vol. 1: AS and 1st-Year A Level, K Browne, Polity Press 2015
Sociology for AQA, Vol. 2: 2nd-Year A Level, K Browne, Polity Press 2016
Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:
- Windows 7 or later
- Mac OSX 10.7 or later
- Google Chrome OS
- Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
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- Safari 6 or later
- Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)
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How to enrol
How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
Amount of credit:
Duration of agreement:
Rate of interest:
0% APR representative.
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Section 1 - The sociology of education and schools
- Introduction to sociology
- Sociological perspectives on education
- School relationships and processes
- School subcultures
Section 2 - Educational achievement
- Class and educational achievement
- Gender and educational achievement
- Ethnicity and educational achievement
- Educational policies
- Methods in context
Section 3 - Sociological research methods
- The relationship between theory and methods
- Planning research
- Secondary data sources
- Research methods for quantitative data
- Research methods for qualitative data
Section 4 - The sociology of families and households
- Sociological perspectives on the family
- Politics, social policy and the family
- Changing families
Section 5 - Childhood gender and demographic change
- Gender roles and power
- Demographic change and the family
Section 6 - Beliefs in society 1
- Religion, science and ideology
- Religion as a force for social stability
- Religion as a force for social change
- Religious organisations
Section 7 - Beliefs in society 2
- New religious movements
- Gender, feminism and religion
- Religion, ethnicity, age and class
Section 8 - Crime and deviance 1
- Social control, deviance and crime
- Radical criminology
- Labelling theory
- Crime statistics
Section 9 - Crime and deviance 2
- Ethnicity, gender and crime
- Social class and crime
- Crime in a global world
- The criminal justice system
Thank you for your interest in this course.
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