Exam Board:  OCR

Sociology is offered as a two year course of study at Sixth Form.

““The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden”. Pierre Bourdieu

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps to develop a multi-perspective approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, religion, crime, childhood and social power.  Through your studies, you will question common sense assumptions about the world around them, learn to cut through the spin of advertisers, the media and politician. As part of your studies, you will conduct independent research, develop the ability to analyse, process and present complex information in concise ways and debate ideas and theories in an informed and critical way.

The Sociology A Level course helps students develop a number of new skills:

  • How to use evidence to support arguments
  • How to investigate facts and use deduction
  • How to put over a point of view fluently
  • How to work as a team to achieve results
  • How to take responsibility for one's own learning
  • How to identify bias and partiality in arguments.

Sociology is a great choice of subject for those who want a career in social work, nursing or medicine.  The subject is also useful in a number of other careers, such as marketing, advertising, PR, journalism, law or teaching.