Sociology is the study of society and our place within it. We explore topics and concepts that might appear everyday but are, in fact, complex and fascinating when you dig deeper. Sociology develops a range of skills so that students can analyse, compare and evaluate different sociological concepts and approaches.

We believe in developing our students’ capacity for original thought, critical thinking and written eloquence. Our lessons are challenging, not just through the skills required but also in their content. We do not shy away from controversial issues, but instead consider them in a mature and dedicated fashion from a range of perspectives. In the modern, fast-paced world, sociology is a vital discipline for understanding our current society, how it developed and where it is heading in the future.

Sociology covers a broad range of topics in society and gives students an excellent grounding in the research method skills and theoretical analysis needed to understand them. Students will also develop a broader understanding of social development through reference to contemporary events and historical processes, enabling them to place their learning in context.

The main areas we focus on are:

Education, Families and Households, Beliefs in Society and Crime and Deviance.

Running throughout these are the core topics of theories in Sociology and sociological study methods as well as the core themes of socialisation, culture and identity, social differentiation and power and stratification.

Sociology A’ level can lead to a wide range of academic disciplines, including sociology, criminology, international development, demography and can contribute to students’ skillsets for subjects such as law.

Sociology also leads to a vast range of careers including marketing, public relations, the civil service, NGOs and charity work, advertising, human resources, journalism and academia.