A Level Sociology

Barnsley College
Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
Foundation / Pre-U / A-level
Study mode
2 years
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Entry Requirements

  • If you are predicted to achieve five GCSEs at Grade A* - C (including English and Maths) you will be guaranteed an interview.
  • There are three A Level pathways available and each has different entry requirements, these are detailed below. Some subjects also have their own additional entry requirements which you will see listed on each course page.

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  • You will have A* - B grades in Mathematics and Science with an average GCSE score of 6.2 or above – this equates to mostly Bs with some As. You will study four A Levels in your first year (including three Science or Mathematics subjects) and three in year two (all Science or Mathematics subjects).


  • You will have an average GCSE score of 5.5 or above – this equates to mostly Bs with some Cs at GCSE and must include at least a Grade C in English and Mathematics. You will study four A Level subjects in the first year and three A Levels in year two.


  • You will have a minimum of five Grade Cs at GCSE including English and Mathematics. This equates to an average GCSE score of 5.0. You will study three A Level subjects in the first and second years.

How to work out your average GCSE score

  • The score for each GCSE should be added together and then divided by the total number of GCSEs to establish the overall score. Only full GCSEs should be counted and qualifications equivalent to GCSEs (such as BTECs) should not be included.

IELTS - Miniimum of 5.0


You will acquire detailed theoretical knowledge and a critical understanding of contemporary social processes and changes. You will have the opportunity to develop a broad set of essential academic skills, including the ability to analyse and formulate clear, logical arguments with scope for extensive evaluation from a range of theoretical perspectives. You will also develop strong critical thinking skills and be able to consider issues on a global scale. You may never look at the world in quite the same way again! 

The first year includes socialisation and culture and identity. You will develop your knowledge of these key themes through an in depth study of youth subcultures. Researching and understanding social inequalities, you will learn how to carry out sociological research and use your skills to discover which social groups are the most disadvantaged and why. 

The second year builds on your understanding of the topics above and introduces debates in contemporary society. This will engage you in theoretical debates and an exploration of how this relates to a contemporary, global and increasingly digital society. This will include a detailed study of crime and deviance.

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