Sociology sets itself apart from other disciplines by examining how people live, behave, and work together in groups.
It raises thought-provoking questions about our world and seeks to unravel the reasons behind its complexities. Sociology shines a spotlight on our society, challenging preconceived notions and stereotypes.
Sociology: Sixth Form
Why choose Sociology?
Sociology is the study of Societies and, unlike other disciplines, it looks at how people live, behave and work together in groups. It asks questions about the world that we live in and tries to explain why it is the way it is.
Why do some groups do better in EDUCATION than others? Who benefits from POLITICS? Why do some people commit more CRIME than others? What influence does RELIGION have on our lives? Do we live in a POSTMODERN world?
Sociology tries to shine a spotlight on the world in which we live, and challenge preconceived assumptions and stereotypes. It is an exciting and engaging subject to take at A Level.
What will you learn?
It does not matter that you have not taken sociology at GCSE, because only at A Level do you really start to use a theoretical approach to the subject.
In Year 12, we focus on how Identity is shaped through Socialisation and Culture, then looking more closely at Families and Relationships. The study of the Research Process and its investigation into evidence of inequality in social class, gender, age and ethnicity is explored.
Year 13 looks at the societal impact of Religion and Belief as well as an exploration into the Global Digital World and the impact of social media on areas of identity, personal relationships and issues of power.
It allows you to view society from other perspectives and learn about different cultures. The lessons are always really fun.
Daniel, Sociology Student
I enjoy studying sociology at A Level because it is really interesting and different to other subjects that are offered but also ties into many other A Level options such as History and Politics. It allows you to view society from other perspectives and learn about different cultures. The lessons are always really fun and thought-provoking as there are often conversations or debates about what we are studying. Personally, I especially like the families and relationships topic, because I learned about all the different types of families within the UK.
Daniel, Sociology Student
In order to study Sociology, ideally you have attained at least a grade 6 in a similar subject such as History, Geography or Religious Studies.
GCE Sociology Examination Board