Thank you to all who entered and watch this space for updates!


BSA A Level Sociology Competition 2021

Win an iPad Mini for you and £500 for your school!


If you are aged 16-19, we invite you to take part in our annual sociology competition where the winner receives a fabulous Apple iPad Mini as well as £500 for their school!

This year our competition question is ‘How can sociology help us understand the causes and/or consequences of the global pandemic?’

You can take any focus in this question. You might want to look at inequalities in infection rates, or changes to education, or working from home, etc. There are many possible lines of enquiry! If you want to enter, you need to produce an essay, podcast or video submission. Entries should be based on reading sociological studies, applying sociological knowledge that you have learned during your studies, and can include results obtained from your own research. If you do undertake your own research, you might use observations, interviews, or a questionnaire-based study. All research carried out for this competition has to abide the ethical guidelines of research, as stated at:

Discover More Download the BSA Statement of Ethical Practice pdf

If you have any questions regarding the competition criteria, please contact the BSA Membership Team.

The BSA A Level Competition, is open to anyone currently studying at A level, A/S level, Scottish Higher Level or equivalent post-16 qualifications in Sociology and we encourage you to be as creative as possible with your answers!
The closing date for entries is: Monday, 1st November 4pm. 2021.

BSA A Level Sociology Competition 2021 Essay Competition



How to enter:

Please download your a completed entry form here: Entry Form
and email to: BSA Membership Team or post it to:
BSA Membership Team, British Sociological Association, Chancery Court, Belmont Business Park, Belmont, Durham DH1 1TW.

  • Entries must be accompanied by confirmation from a Sociology teacher that it is the work of the pupil.

  • Entries must be lone submissions (not joint).

  • Reports must 2,000 words (plus or minus 10%) (excluding bibliography, figures, tables etc.)

  • Entries submitted in the form of a video or podcast must not exceed 10 minutes.

  • We reserve the right to check submitted works for plagiarism using online tools.

  • Reference to other scholars (including teachers, books, articles and web sites) should be acknowledged.

  • All work must be written or presented in the English language.

  • The judges’ decision is final and we reserve the right to publish your entry with your permission.

The British Sociological Association (BSA) is the national subject association for sociologists in the UK and its primary objective is to promote sociology. The BSA is the largest sociological network in the UK and is the public face of sociology in Britain.

We look forward to receiving your entries!