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Sociology

Sociology is the study of society and involves understanding the way people are affected by society, and how society is affected by people. Some sociologists argue that behaviour and outcome are determined by factors beyond their control e.g how they were raised and educated, by the media, by whether they are rich or poor, if they are men or women, black or white. Others sociologists argue that it is individuals that are powerful in shaping society and their outcomes. By studying this subject students will form their own view on this debate as well as gaining a greater understanding about the forces which shape behaviour, values and identity in society. The course will help students to gain a greater understanding about the world and help them to understand their own motivations and behaviours better.

What skills do I develop studying Sociology?

Critical evaluation, logical thinking, organisation, planning, problem solving, research, working to deadlines and literacy.

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)
By studying sociology students will learn the methods used by sociologists to study society and be able to critically evaluate the various strengths and weaknesses of these approaches.

The students will begin with a focus on family and then progress onto issues such as wealth, poverty, welfare, crime and the role of the media.

The Sociology course will also look at big overarching concepts such as politics, power and global development.  

All through the course the students will develop their analytical skills and their ability to assess the impact these factors have on social structure and change.

What Jobs can I get after studying 'A' Level Sociology?

Public sector, Administrator, Teacher, Social Researcher, Social Worker, Welfare Advice Worker, Police, Prison Governor, Probation Officer, Community Worker, Housing Manager, Journalist or Lecturer.