Sociology is the study of group life and those parts of our individual lives that are affected by social interaction, for example, Education, Crime, the Workplace.
Its beginning point is the assumption that we are social animals from birth, that is, that we are powerfully influenced by other people's expectations. Sociologists would argue that you can't make sense of your own behaviour, much less the patterns of behaviour in families, corporations, or nations, without developing a quality of mind which sociologist C. Wright Mills termed "the sociological imagination. "
Students learn a lot about the society they have lived in and the systems they have grown up in. It gives people a new perspective on things and students often never think about things the same way again.
Students that have studied Sociology often continue with this subject and choose to read for a Sociology degree at University. The career choices available for Sociology students are numerous but may include the following:
Sociology is a linear A-Level, this means that to achieve a full A-Level you must take three exams at the end of the second year. To achieve an AS you will take two exams after a year of study.
In your AS year we will cover three main topics, these are; Education, Family and Research methods. This year is designed to help students develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding which can be developed the following year.
During your A2 we will again cover three main topic areas. These will be Crime and Deviance, Beliefs in Society and Theory. The year becomes much more of a challenge and students who continue to work hard throughout both years are generally the ones who get their reward.
In order for you to be able to meet the demands of studying a course in Sociology, you need to gain the following qualifications at GCSE:
5 A* - C grades, including a Grade B or above in English. It is advisable to look at your skill set in any humanities subjects as these will be built upon in Sociology.
Ms O Tattum, Head of Sixth Form
0161 212 1930
Mr A Dobson, Subject Leader for Sociology