LRN International AS and A Level Sociology (6121)

The LRN International AS & A Level Sociology is designed to enable international candidates to demonstrate their ability across a broad range of Investigating socialisation and identity, Understanding family units, Education and its societal roles, Globalisation and society and Mass communication within society.



International A Level: A*, A, B, C, D or E


Written Exams

Guided Learning Hours

180 to 360 hours

What you'll learn


This specification offers a comprehensive overview of the LRN International AS & A Level Sociology program. It is suitable for various stakeholders, including students, educational institutions, administrators, employers, parents/guardians, educators, and examiners. This document outlines the essential features and administrative procedures for this international qualification.


The objective of the LRN International AS & A Level Sociology program is to empower international students to demonstrate their competencies in investigating socialization and identity, understanding family units, exploring the roles of education in society, analyzing globalization and its effects on society, and examining mass communication within society.

Mode of Delivery

This qualification is designed to be delivered within educational centers. Centers must prove to LRN, through the center recognition process, that they possess the necessary resources, facilities, and expertise to deliver the program. Additionally, centers must meet LRN’s criteria by showcasing their capacity, capability, and resources, including appropriately qualified staff.


The LRN International AS & A Level Sociology program is designed to accommodate students with diverse backgrounds, educational levels, and career goals. Depending on the level of qualification achieved, students may progress to:

·      A similar Level 3 qualification in Sociology

·      LRN Level 3 Diploma in Pre-U Foundation Studies

·      Higher-level qualifications, such as HNC/HND or Degrees

·      Vocationally related qualifications

Breakdown of Assessment Objectives


·      Breakdown AO1 – Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

1.    Sociological theories and perspectives

2.    Recurrent themes in sociology

3.    Terminology used in sociology

4.    Methods used to study sociology • Relevant theories and research findings

       AO2 – Apply knowledge and understanding by:

1.    Interpreting sociological material, including concepts, theories, and evidence

2.    Applying sociological knowledge and material to various issues

3.    Utilizing sociological materials to construct and support specific sociological perspectives

4.    Demonstrating awareness of the interrelationship between concepts, theories, and evidence when presenting a particular point of view

       AO3 – Use sociological knowledge to:

1.    Analyze and evaluate theories, evidence, perspectives, and methodologies

2.    Develop arguments supporting or contradicting sociological theories and views

3.    Investigate sociological theories to expose underlying assumptions, value judgments, misconceptions, logical flaws, and ideological influences

4.    Discuss opposing viewpoints or evidence to demonstrate the complexity of sociological discourse

5.    Recognize the limitations or biases in sociological and non-sociological evidence

6.    Reach conclusions based on a reasoned consideration of available evidence and arguments


The assessment for this qualification consists of written exam papers, set and marked by LRN.


The LRN International A Level will be graded on a six-point scale: A*, A, B, C, D, and E. The LRN International AS Level will be graded on a five-point scale: A, B, C, D, and E. Candidates who fail to achieve the minimum standard for grade E will be recorded as U (unclassified) and will not receive a qualification certificate.


Exam series occur in:

·      January (results released in March)

·      June (results released in August)

·      November (results released in January)


Candidates can retake each paper as often as they wish, within the shelf-life of the specification.