Sociology

Why study sociology?

Sociology is the study of human society. It involves the systematic study and explanation of human social life, groups and societies.

Sociologists aim to investigate and understand the world and human behaviour within it. They are particularly interested in understanding the ways in which society influences us and shapes our lives.

What skills will I need?

In order to study Sociology you should ensure that you have good written skills as your assessments will require you to write some long mini essay style answers. It would also be useful if you are someone who is able to express an opinion about the world we live in.

  • Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
  • Collection of information for different purposes
  • Interpreting and analysing data
  • Applying knowledge to society
  • Evaluating research

Where will it take me?

Sociology is useful for any career or further studies involving people and how society works. The subject gives you a general appreciation of the society we live in so is beneficial to a whole range of future options. Sociology is available to study at A Level in our Sixth Form.
Sociology could help lead to a number of careers including:

  • Probation Officer
  • Nursing
  • Media
  • Personnel
  • Market Research
  • Journalism
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Counselling
  • Social Work
  • Social Service
  • Prison Service
  • Teaching

Key Stage 4

The school follows the AQA syllabus.

In Year 10 students can expect to study the compulsory unit on 'What is Sociology' and then either two or three of the following units:

  • Stratification
  • Education
  • Migration and Movement

In Year 11 students will study:

  • Families and Households
  • Poverty and Welfare
  • Social Control and Deviance

For further information please speak to Miss Brett.