Have you ever wondered why in every town and city there are both wealthy and poor neighbourhoods, why it is women and not men who tend to do the bulk of the housework and childcare, why overall girls achieve far better exam results than boys, why the police tend
to target young people, or why the Sun outsells all other newspapers? If you have then Sociology might well be the subject for you. The course provides an introduction to the study of society and aims to imbue students with a critical appreciation and understanding of contemporary society. The course is suitable for students who have a broad interest in social issues.
Subjects that link particularly well with this course are English, Psychology, History, Politics, Health & Social Care and Thinking and Reasoning Skills . To be successful in this course students should feel relatively confident in their ability to take an interest in contemporary social issues. Discussion is an important part of this course so students with strong opinions are welcomed, although students must be prepared to have their views challenged.
Students who are successful at GCSE level may wish to enrol for the A level qualification. From here higher study, perhaps at degree level in this or a related area, is a possibility. As part of a wider programme the course provides an excellent basis for progression to any career or university course. Sociology will support a career in a wide range of areas, including human resources, social & welfare work, police, local government, advertising and management. The analytical skills developed in this course are particularly valued by employers