The literal meaning of the word ‘sociology’ is the ‘science of society’. The interaction of people, ourselves, as members of society is what sociology is about. Social events and changes do not occur by accident. Sociology attempts to bring a systematic understanding to our knowledge of what goes on around us – locally, nationally and even internationally. Using a variety of real life case studies and theories and applying recognised research methods the sociologist sets off to try and understand our human condition a little better.


Duration: Two years
Starting date: September 2019
Location: SRC Bede Sixth Form

In a sense “doing” sociology is a continuous series of debates with and by sociologists! We spend time investigating what sociologists have found out and how their conclusions are debated and disagreed with by other sociologists. We will look at the extreme behaviours of some members of society.

Learning activities will be varied and diverse to reflect the nature of the subject. Activities will include debates, group work and practical research activities. You will have the opportunity to analyse a range of case studies and real life crime scenarios.

You will be assessed at the end of your second year. Your final grade will be gained from your performance in three exams each lasting two hours and worth 33.3% of your total grade.

To have achieved A*/9-C/4 grades in at least seven GCSE programmes, including GCSE English and Maths.

You also need to be inquisitive and interested in contemporary issues such as terrorism, green crime, the changing roles of the family. You should also enjoy reading and taking part in debates.

You will not need any prior experience/knowledge of the subject, however you will need to come with an open mind as we cover a lot of emotive and complex social issues. You should also be prepared to develop your analytical and evaluative skills.

Extend your knowledge by going on to further relevant study at university before moving into future careers in areas such as law, social work, education, health services or human resources.

  • A-level Sociology has 100% achievement.
  • Universities see Sociology as highly desirable as it demonstrates that students can be empathetic, analytical, evaluative and flexible in their approach to learning.
  • Studying Sociology can lead the way to a range of fascinating and rewarding career opportunities.

“Sociology has helped me understand the world in a different way. I can now see things from a range of viewpoints and I have studied a range of cross-cultural examples”

“Sociology is really interesting and I love that we get to explore issues such as crime and deviance and sects and cults”

“The course is well structured and I know what I need to do to achieve my targets”

You can choose any combination of courses that you like, but we think this subject goes particularly well with psychology, history, English language, English literature, religion, philosophy and ethics, and health and social care.