Course overview

Sociology is the study of social groups and social life in modern societies, and the interaction between individuals in these groups. We are interested in how people interact, both on a small, individual scale but also in larger global ways. These interactions help us to understand the inequalities that groups of individuals may experience in their lives, whether that’s poverty, lack of opportunity, poorer housing or worse health.

What will I study?

This is a demanding academic subject, involving theoretical debates and arguments, supported by empirical (evidence based) research. You will study three components over the 2 year course. The first is socialisation and culture with the main topics covered being, culture and identity, families and households and education. The second component is methods for sociological enquiry where you will be expected to undertake various research methods. The final component is power and stratification with topics covering stratification and inequality and world sociology.

This is a considerable link between sociology and subjects such as psychology, geography, history and statistics due to the skills in research and analysis.

This is a considerable link between sociology and subjects such as psychology, geography, history and statistics due to the skills in research and analysis.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • We take students to visit local universities and attend seminars or lectures
  • There is a trip in Year 13 to Liverpool to assist work being done on slavery and colonialism
  •  We have a sociology film society, as part of the enrichment programme, which makes use of a wide range of cinematic and documentary material to demonstrate the breadth and depth of sociology as a subject. 

What's next?

Sociology students go on to study a wide variety of subjects at degree level including sociology, but in other areas such as criminology, medicine, law, geography, social policy and psychology. Courses such as Midwifery specify sociology as a preferred A level subject. Career opportunities are wide with former pupils going into teaching, social policy and research, the police, local and national government and non-governmental agencies and charities.

Special entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language or English literature.

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