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I'm just wondering if it would be possible to do a sociology a level in 6 months? I would like to sit in November and am willing to work over the summer in order to prepare. I plan on taking a gap year and have struggled with my French a level, not getting higher than an E in any of my mock exams. So think I might be able to do better in another subject.

I think with the advanced information and promised lower grade boundaries I would be in a better position than if I took a whole year to learn it and sit in the summer. I already take pyschology and find it honestly quite easy.

I need BBB to get into my uni, and believe I will get at least BB in my other subjects, but not sure if I will even get a grade in my French.

Just want peoples opinions on how realistic it is before planning any further.

Thanks :smile:
Personally, it doesn't sound realistic to me, but that's just my opinion. Would you have a tutor or any support from someone who is knowledgeable in this A level? If not, it would be really hard to start and complete an entire new A level by yourself in such a short amount of time. It also depends on how you would go about teaching yourself the content. All I would say is the A level is a 2 year course for a reason. Some people such as I, do this course, or other A level courses, the space of a year, but even then, there is support from lecturers in an educational setting, which I presume you would not have.
Have you looked through the specification or looked though any sociology papers to see what it would be like to do?
Sociology is quite a tricky subject. It can seem quite straightforward compared to other subjects but the terminology and the theories are complex and not easy to get to grips with at an advanced level. I have done both psychology and sociology and I would say they are very different. There is some overlap between social psychology and sociology but other than that, they are not alike at all. Psychology is more "scientific", with experiments and research - consequently easier to study in chunks and revise. Sociology is essay based, more about ideas and theories of society. The terminology is highly specialised - you have to show that you understand it and use it correctly. In my opinion, a sociology A level with a B grade in 6 months from scratch sounds unrealistic.
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Original post by Squiggles1238
Personally, it doesn't sound realistic to me, but that's just my opinion. Would you have a tutor or any support from someone who is knowledgeable in this A level? If not, it would be really hard to start and complete an entire new A level by yourself in such a short amount of time. It also depends on how you would go about teaching yourself the content. All I would say is the A level is a 2 year course for a reason. Some people such as I, do this course, or other A level courses, the space of a year, but even then, there is support from lecturers in an educational setting, which I presume you would not have.
Have you looked through the specification or looked though any sociology papers to see what it would be like to do?


My sister is in the year below me and is currently doing it at A level (year 12) , she has given me all her work books, etc and said she will be quite happy to help me as it will be good revision for her for covering first year content. I am waiting for the new advanced information to come out (June 22nd) as well as finishing my other exams before starting the course.

I posted on here before asking my sixth form as I wasn't sure if it was realistic, and was planning on talking to my head about it on Monday. Now I am not sure if I should.
Original post by student9876544
My sister is in the year below me and is currently doing it at A level (year 12) , she has given me all her work books, etc and said she will be quite happy to help me as it will be good revision for her for covering first year content. I am waiting for the new advanced information to come out (June 22nd) as well as finishing my other exams before starting the course.

I posted on here before asking my sixth form as I wasn't sure if it was realistic, and was planning on talking to my head about it on Monday. Now I am not sure if I should.


New advanced information? I don't believe I'm familiar with what you're talking about
@cheadle had some good points too
I would personally advise against trying to do it in 6 months, as you've still no support for the A2 content which is arguably harder, and you're aiming to do it in such a short timeframe
Original post by cheadle
Sociology is quite a tricky subject. It can seem quite straightforward compared to other subjects but the terminology and the theories are complex and not easy to get to grips with at an advanced level. I have done both psychology and sociology and I would say they are very different. There is some overlap between social psychology and sociology but other than that, they are not alike at all. Psychology is more "scientific", with experiments and research - consequently easier to study in chunks and revise. Sociology is essay based, more about ideas and theories of society. The terminology is highly specialised - you have to show that you understand it and use it correctly. In my opinion, a sociology A level with a B grade in 6 months from scratch sounds unrealistic.


I do English as well, do you think that would help me at all? Also basing off the advanced information given this year, the content was heavily condensed. I am waiting for the advanced information to come out (June 22nd) and for me to finish my other exams before deciding exactly.

Do you think it would be more achievable if I took the whole year to learn it and sat without the advanced information and lower grades boundaries but had more time to learn?

Thanks : )
Original post by Squiggles1238
New advanced information? I don't believe I'm familiar with what you're talking about
@cheadle had some good points too
I would personally advise against trying to do it in 6 months, as you've still no support for the A2 content which is arguably harder, and you're aiming to do it in such a short timeframe

The advanced information is something the government has come out with in order to help counter the affects of covid on the current year sitting exams, condensing the amount of information that might be on the exam, which means that I wouldn't have to learn quite so much, compared to if I sat it next summer, as well as the lowered grade boundaries that have been promised I thought it might have given me a better chance.

But I understand what you are saying, and agree. I am just unsure of what else I can do to get into a uni as I believe I won't even come out with a grade after my French exams : (
Original post by student9876544
The advanced information is something the government has come out with in order to help counter the affects of covid on the current year sitting exams, condensing the amount of information that might be on the exam, which means that I wouldn't have to learn quite so much, compared to if I sat it next summer, as well as the lowered grade boundaries that have been promised I thought it might have given me a better chance.

But I understand what you are saying, and agree. I am just unsure of what else I can do to get into a uni as I believe I won't even come out with a grade after my French exams : (

I know what advanced information is, I'm sitting my A levels this year! Sorry I worded the question badly, I meant that I didn't know there was a November series with advanced information

Is a foundation year an option for you chosen uni course? Or can your college get funding for you to do an extra year?
Original post by Squiggles1238
I know what advanced information is, I'm sitting my A levels this year! Sorry I worded the question badly, I meant that I didn't know there was a November series with advanced information

Is a foundation year an option for you chosen uni course? Or can your college get funding for you to do an extra year?


Sorry! yeah the government is releasing new advanced information on June 22nd, which is why I'm waiting to make my final decision.

It's Bristol Uni, which don't offer specified courses foundation years, and I am willing to pay to resit or do another year I just thought it might be easier with the advanced info and lowered grade boundaries now I'm not so sure. I will talk to my sixth form about it but I'm starting to think I just shouldn't go to uni : (
Original post by student9876544
Sorry! yeah the government is releasing new advanced information on June 22nd, which is why I'm waiting to make my final decision.

It's Bristol Uni, which don't offer specified courses foundation years, and I am willing to pay to resit or do another year I just thought it might be easier with the advanced info and lowered grade boundaries now I'm not so sure. I will talk to my sixth form about it but I'm starting to think I just shouldn't go to uni : (


The only mention I could find of advanced information for November 2022 was that according to the government, advanced info should be provided for GCSE maths and english

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/advance-information-for-november-2022-examinations/advance-information-for-november-2022-examinations

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