Why choose Sociology?

Sociology is at the cutting edge of understanding the world we live in. It is the study of human social life, groups and societies. Sociology attempts to describe and explain people’s social behaviour. In so doing, it asks questions such as why is it that people join gangs? What causes crime? Why are some people rich and others poor? Why do girls get better exam results than boys? Why do 50,000 people in the world die of poverty every day? Sociology can help you to understand the social structures that shape us and prepare us for our place in the world, such as the family and education. It can also shed light on hidden aspects of society such as criminal gangs and youth subcultures.

Resources & Facilities

  • Detailed course handbooks
  • Interactive ICT resources and DVDs
  • Well-equipped Learning Resources Centre containing all the major texts and research papers

Teaching and Learning Styles

A wide variety of teaching methods are employed along with downloads, guest speakers and student debates, student-centred and whole group activities. Your own experience and knowledge is the basis for you to further develop your skills of research, analysis and evaluation with the support of your teacher. Independent study is also encouraged.

Extra-curricular Activities

Sociology conferences, with advice from chief examiners and contributions from major sociologists on topical issues.


The A Level is assessed by external exams at the end of the second year.

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Mackenzie Shuttleworth

Sociology - Nunnery Wood High School
I hadn’t had the opportunity to study Sociology at high school and wished to try something new. The course is not only engaging but relevant and made me question my own opinions as well as develop perspectives on topics that, in everyday life, I wouldn’t have necessarily considered. Sociology also works well with my other subjects (English Literature and History) as well as my EPQ, which was inspired by my Sociology course. I’ve enjoyed Sociology so much that I now hope to study it at university level.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study Sociology at degree level choosing a single honours degree or a combined degree with other academic disciplines such as Law and Psychology. There are also close links to fields such as marketing, criminology, research, teaching, and social work. However, the social awareness and evaluative skills that you develop will be useful in whatever field you specialise in.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
Sociology4Interest in contemporary issues. Willingness to participate in discussion. Willingness to be open-minded.Year 1: optional trip: approx. £10- £15. Year 2: optional trip: approx. £10-£15

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