Sociology

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  • GCSEs to include a Grade 4 in English
  • Minimum Average GCSE Score required for this course: 4
  • You will have the opportunity to attend lectures from guest speakers and go on trips including visits to local universities
  • Sociology is a broad-based subject which provides students with a wide range of skills necessary for the majority of degree courses.

Course summary

Sociology is the investigation of society. It offers a real insight into everyday behaviour which makes us see our world in a new light and realise that things are not always what they seem.

This fascinating, contemporary course focuses on the interaction processes which occur between groups of people throughout our society and the impact that social structures such as political, legal, family and education systems have on these interactions. Differing sociological perspectives offer varying explanations of human behaviour and you will explore and debate theories including Marxism and Feminism. A keen interest in world affairs and issues relating to class, gender, ethnicity, equality and prejudice is essential.

There is a strong methodological theme running through both years of the course. In Year 1, topics include Families and Households with Methods; and Education with Methods in context. You will consider the possible reasons for recent changes in family life and the impact that contemporary government policy has on the education system. Students in their second year of the course will study Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods.

Sociology is a popular and academically demanding subject which requires a wide range of skills. Students enjoy the variety of activities in lessons and the frequent opportunities to take part in class discussions and engage in debates about contemporary issues. As the course is assessed through examinations, essay writing will be an integral feature of your studies.

The fact that Sociology is such a broad-based discipline makes it a good subject choice for many different career paths involving interaction with people, from the police force to teaching, social work, nursing and human resources.