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What A-levels do you need to study sociology?

Fascinated in human behaviour? Find out what subjects to take if you're considering studying sociology at uni. There are lots of different options to check out.

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Sociology and other social sciences like psychology are popular degrees that are normally open to you with any A-levels. However, certain A-level choices will help prepare you for studying sociology at degree level.

Find out more about university entry requirements.


A-level subjects for sociology

What A-levels are needed or essential for sociology?



What A-levels are useful for sociology? 

  • sociology
  • psychology
  • geography
  • media studies

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Other typical A-levels taken by current sociology students

  • English
  • general studies
  • history

Take a look at individual sociology courses on The Uni Guide to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending.

Do note that many degrees will be open to you whichever A-levels you choose. Some courses will be happy with a subject just at AS-level while some courses may want the full A-level, so this is something to check before you finalise your A-level choices in Year 12.


Examples of sociology degree requirements

Below is a range of Bachelor of arts (with Honours) courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 11 April 2018):

The University of Glasgow: ‘A,A,B. Must include at least one Arts/Humanities subject. Applicants will receive an offer conditional on attaining AAB. Applicants who achieve AAB are guaranteed entry. Applicants who achieve grades less than AAB but higher than BBB will be considered for entry’.

London Metropolitan University: 'B,B,C. Typical offer BBC (112 UCAS points) in three or more A levels.'

Canterbury Christ Church University: 'This course requires between 88 and 112 UCAS points. Applicants can achieve these points from the range of qualifications that are in the UCAS tariff.'



Other degree subjects with similar A-level requirements

Bear in mind that these similar subjects may have slightly different A-level requirements to sociology, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before making your choices.

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