SOCIOLOGY

EXAM BOARD: AQA – COURSE CODE: 7192

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A Grade 6 in English and Mathematics is preferable. 

All students will be considered on an individual basis.

OVERVIEW OF COURSE

Students will study a variety of topics, which include, family life in the UK, education, crime and beliefs in society.

Sociology is the study of human social relationships. Sociology's subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a society. Underlying these themes is the study of how social research is undertaken, the methods social researchers use and the flaws and benefits of these methods.  Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyses and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world.  At the personal level, sociology investigates the social causes and consequences of such things as romantic love, racial and gender identity, family conflict, deviant behaviour, aging and religious faith. At the societal level, sociology examines and explains matters like crime and law, poverty and wealth, prejudice and discrimination, schools and education, business firms, urban community and social movements. At the global level, sociology studies changes such as population growth and migration and war and peace.

KEY QUESTIONS COVERED DURING THE SOCIOLOGY COURSE- We examine if class still exists in Britain and if it does, then what implications does this have for our education system? How can the social class of somebody determine what crimes they are more likely to commit? We ask why girls are out performing boys in exams, are girls smarter than boys? And if they are why is it that women do most of the housework and men have most of the power in society? We consider why cults and sects, such as scientology are so appealing to some people. We ask important questions about the use of punishments in the prevention of crime and how we can measure the effects of governmental policies on family life and education. 

These are vital questions.  If you become a sociology student you will not be provided with quick answers.  What you will discover is how to think about these issues for yourself: what are the questions behind the questions?  Generations of students have found that sociology makes them look at the world in new ways and this is why so many of us who teach it feel passionately about it – and why it is still pioneering after more than a hundred years.

FUTURE PATHWAYS

This course provides a solid foundation of tertiary study in any of the social sciences as well as in sociology itself. Vocational openings for sociologists are extremely varied: Counsellor, Advertising and Sales, Prison/Probation officer, Social worker and Human Resources to name but a few.

EMPLOYABILITY SKILLS

  • Keen awareness of the world and the society in which we live
  • Communication skills, with the emphasis on formulating and structuring strong written work and the ability to articulate oneself verbally
  • Interpret data and analyse statistics
  • Understanding of how people and society operate, encouraging tolerance and sensitivity towards others