Sociology can be defined as the ‘study of society’. Specifically, it examines how people relate to each other in social groups such as families, schools and workplaces. The course examines issues of gender, social class, ethnicity and age, and how these impact on our lives. Students will learn to analyse and evaluate complex debates, arguments, concepts and theories concerning people and their behaviour in 21st Century society. The course develops the student’s critical and evaluative skills in explaining the complexities of contemporary society, and encourages them to question things that are ordinarily taken for granted.

Examination board: AQA

Unit 1: Education with Theory and Methods
Unit 2: Topics in Sociology
Unit 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

Students will engage in a variety of learning and teaching methods, including individual, pair, small group and whole class activities. For example: discussions, debates, and presentations will feature in lessons. To further develop students in becoming skilful and independent learners, much exam preparation and practise will take place. ‘Assessment for Learning’ opportunities will be used every lesson both to aid learning and progress, and to make lessons challenging and fun! It is preferable for students to already have a high standard of essay writing before embarking on the course, which can be then be developed hopefully into excellent Sociology essays!

Career Pathways

Sociology helps develop students’ awareness and understanding of people in a diverse and dynamic changing social world. The skills developed apply to all careers where an empathy with others and recognition of why they behave as they do is essential. Sociology students can work in many fields including community and social services, management, the police and legal occupations, media and teaching.