A level Sociology

Why study A level Sociology?

Sociology is the study of human society and culture. The A level Sociology course spans a wide range of topics and allows you to examine social and cultural habits, behaviours and attitudes, gaining insight into the key elements that underpin human existence. These include identity, culture, gender, ethnicity, social class, childhood and the role of the family.

Topics covered often relate closely to current affairs and will stimulate your awareness and understanding of contemporary social, cultural and political issues.

If you want to pursue a career in social work, Politics, the police force, nursing, teaching, the media, law, research, medicine, marketing, advertising or PR, then studying Sociology at A level is a great first step.

Note that our experienced University Services Adviser can advise on A level courses and all aspects of university entrance including application support and references.


Wolsey Hall Oxford is a registered school of Cambridge Assessment International Education

Wolsey Hall is a registered online Cambridge International School.

Wolsey Hall Oxford is a Pearson Edexcel approved centre

We offer a wide range of A level courses.

A level sociology

What do I need to know to enrol?

There are no prior knowledge requirements for A level Sociology.

However, all Wolsey Hall A level students are required to have a GCSE/IGCSE in English Language and Maths at Grade C/4 or above.

The syllabus and exam

Our A level Sociology course prepares you for the Cambridge AS and A level syllabus 9699.

Exams take place in March (India only), June and November.

AS level

Paper 1

Socialisation, Identity and Methods of Research worth 50% of the AS grade and 25% of the overall A level grade (1 hour and 30 minutes)

Paper 2

The Family worth 50% of the AS grade and 25% of the overall A level grade (1 hour and 30 minutes)

There are Cambridge exam centres in the UK and in over 150 countries. We can provide details of the most convenient.

A Level

To complete the full A level, in addition to the two AS papers above, you will take the following two papers:

Paper 3

Education worth 20% of the overall A level grade (1 hour and 15 minutes)

Paper 4

Globalisation, Media and Religion* worth 30% of the overall A level grade (1 hour and 45 minutes)

*Please note that the chosen options for Paper 4 on the Wolsey Hall AL Sociology course are: Media and Religion.

All of our A level courses include a number of past exam papers in the final module. These include the most recent paper which can be taken as a mock exam and submitted to your Tutor for assessment and feedback for a modest additional fee.

Course samples

Course Fees

Geraldine Morrison

Subjects: History, Sociology

Kay Atkinson

Subjects: Economics, Sociology

Louise Rodgers

Ingrid Lilley

Subjects: Sociology
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