Sociology is the study of society. As such, you will learn about the structures, processes and rules for living that dictate how those within society exist on a day-to-day basis. In particular, we will focus upon the study of youth and youth culture, crime and deviance, marxism, social inequality and much more.
Whilst it is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE, we do ask that you come to us with an interest in current affairs, a willingness to listen to others, and inquisitive mind and – most importantly – a readiness to have your views challenged.
Like Psychology, Sociology has a theoretical basis to it – so you will be learning both real world case studies alongside academic theories.
Currently in your first year, you will study youth culture in the first term, and research methods in the second term and we will use the final term as you opportunity to revise with us in a structured environment in order to prepare you for your first year examinations.
In your second year you will study Crime in the first term, Social Inequality in the second term and we will use the final term to make sure that you are fully prepared for your final examinations.
The topics covered over the first two years are:
Component 1 – Socialisation and Culture
• Youth Culture
Component 2 – Methods of Sociological Enquiry
• Research methods
Component 3 – Power and Stratification
• Social divisions and inequalities
• Crime and deviance
All three components are assessed by examinations. There is no coursework. We expect you to keep up-to-date with events and developments in the world around us by engaging with news, social and other forms of media as well as reading widely around the subject.
Minimum entry requirements:
Five GCSEs Level 4 – 9 including Level 5 in English
We strongly recommend that you combine Sociology with other social science subjects such as Psychology, History, Ancient History, English, Law and/or Criminology.
• Developing an argument
• Oral and written discussion
• Researching and analysing
Likely next step opportunities:
• Higher Education for degree courses in Sociology or in related subjects such as
criminology, social work etc.
• Careers involving people, such as the forces, health services, journalism, law, management, personnel, police, social work
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Level 3 Courses
For courses at this level you will need to have achieved at least five GCSEs at grades A* to C or a majority of GCSEs at A*-B if you are intending to follow our Sixth Form Academy programme. Click here for more details.
If you want to gain Level 3 qualifications in order to go into employment, training or Higher Education, it is very important for you to have the vital qualifications of English, Maths and Science. Some Universities may expect students to have a Modern Foreign Language at Grade C from Autumn 2012 entry. So:
◾ If you have not gained a GCSE at grade C or above in English you should choose GCSE English to support your Level 3 programme.
◾ If you have not gained a GCSE at grade C or above in Maths you should choose GCSE Maths to support your Level 3 programme.