The Sociology AS Level Course will present you with a number of various sociological theories and ask you to draw on your own experience and background, as well as the information learnt in the course. Students can draw on their past experiences and background knowledge to test the accuracy of the various Sociological theories that will be presented, and to use them alongside the new information with which you will be provided to answer essay and examination questions.

This home study course follows the new linear AS Level syllabus. If students want to complete the full A Level Course then this can be purchased from the A Level section of our website.

Each of the lessons on this syllabus begins with a set of clear objectives and an explanation of its place within the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self-assessment questions. There are 7 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs) in this course.

The Syllabus:

Students can study for the AQA Sociology 7191 AS Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2019 or later years.


  • Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 60 marks in total (50% of A-level).
  • Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (1 Hour 30 Minutes) is 60 marks in total (50% of A-level).

This course is divided into the following units:

  1. Education
  2. Methods in Context
  3. Theory and Methods
  4. Families and Households

Practical Skills/Coursework:

There is no coursework with this syllabus.


We will admit Candidates for A Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. This should ideally include English Language GCSE at grade C or above.

Please Note:We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course.

Additional Reading:

The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:

  • AQA Sociology for A Level Book 1 by D Bown, L Pountney & T Maric (ISBN: 978-1471839399).

Additional non-essential recommended reading is detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revision.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 exam centres in the UK. Examination officers are available to registered students for advice on finding suitable centres or you can use AQA’s Private Candidate Page which details information about being a private candidate and has a search facility showing a small selection of centres set out geographically.

The new Linear format examinations all need to be sat in a single examination window on completion of your studies. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the AS Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

With Distance Learning Centre it is possible for you to study AS Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some home study courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available may apply. If you wish to study an AS Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most AS Levels have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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