Welcome to the Sociology Department.
Sociology is the study of society and social groups. It is an exciting subject that analyses important issues in our personal lives, our communities, and the world.
It involves exploring the structures that make up our society such as education, the family and the media as well as understanding the inequalities within such structures in relation to social class, gender and ethnicity. Some of the questions we ask are: Is society fair? Do social classes exist? Are there gender differences in educational achievement? How has the family structure changed over time?
The Sociology Department is led by Mrs H Chilton and is supported by one other member of staff.
Key Stage 5: AQA A-level Sociology
The Exam Board for Sociology is AQA.
Sociology A-level is examined through three papers at the end of Year 13.
Topics covered over the two year course include:
- Families and Households
- Crime and Deviance
- Theory and Methods
The course is suited to students who are intrigued by social groups, culture and inequalities in society.
Sociology students develop skills in describing, applying and evaluating sociological research, with an ability to make effective links between theories and concepts. Empathy is also an important attribute in order for students to fully understand inequality and discrimination.
A strong work ethic is essential for success in Sociology. Students are expected to carry out wider reading within their independent study time including keeping up-to-date with relevant news stories and changes within society. Pre-requisites for the course include Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.