Sociology

Subject Intent: Why Sociology?

Sociology gives students the opportunity to study the social world and equips them with the appropriate skills and knowledge needed to be able to understand and explain the societal impact on an individual’s life chances. The curriculum is designed and delivered to encourage our students to challenge assumptions and develop their societal awareness. They will also develop skills and methods to investigate and communicate, providing key skills that are valuable for any field of employment that involves working with people, from careers in the public sector to media and business.

What will I study?

• Families and households: changing patterns of family life, childhood, functions of the family, gender roles, social policy

  • Education: education policy, theories of the role of education in society, class, gender and ethnic differences in achievement
  • Media: media content and audiences, representation of social groups, new media, culture and globalisation
  • Crime and deviance: theories of crime, social patterns of crime, victims, prevention and punishment, global crime
  • Research methods: surveys, interviews, observation, secondary sources
  • Sociological theories: sociological views such as feminism, functionalism and postmodernism

What are the entry requirements?

Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.