Why Study Sociology?

’I love to study people, and that’s basically what Sociology is’ – Kamaru Usman

‘The function of Sociology, as of every science, is reveal that which is hidden’
– Pierre Bourdieu

Have you ever wondered why incidents of knife crime are increasing; why overall, girls achieve far better exam results than boys; or why the police tend to target young rather than older people? If you have then Sociology might be the subject for you.
Sociology is the study of human social life, groups and societies. It attempts to describe and explain people’s social behaviour. In so doing, it asks questions such as why is it that people commit crime? Why do some people join gangs? Why are some people rich and others poor? 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 religious cults, criminal gangs and youth subcultures.

Why Study Sociology at Worcester Sixth Form College?

Sociology is one of the most popular A Level subjects and is taught by teachers with a genuine passion for the subject. Sociology gives you the opportunity to debate, analyse, and evaluate a variety of possible answers to the social issues that surround us daily.

Alongside lessons, students have recently attended Sociology conferences, with advice from chief examiners and contributions from major sociologists on topical issues.

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.

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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.

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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