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How many hours per week?

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.

Entry Requirements

  • Grade 5 in GCSE English Language
  • Attainment 8 Score: 47

Under review for 2019/20 entry

Exam Board

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Course Overview

Have you ever wondered why young people tend to join youth cultures, why overall girls achieve far better exam results than boys, or why the police tend to target young rather than older people? If you have then Sociology might well be the subject for you. This course aims to arm students with the knowledge they need to give them a deeper and more critical appreciation of contemporary societies. In basic terms, this subject will help you to understand the world you live in, and why you experience society in the way that you do.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:

  • Experienced teachers who specialise in sociology
  • Guest lecturers from local universities.
  • Trips to apply sociology to society outside of the classroom, including trips to experience sociology in a university environment.
  • Competitions within the classroom, rewarding high quality work.

What will I learn?

In the first year you will study:

  • Culture and identity
  • How do we learn our; Gender, Ethnicity, National Identity, Social Class
  • Families and households: How has the family changed in society today?
  • Families and households: What is the role of the family in society today?
  • Families and households: Roles and relationships within the family.
  • Research methods
  • Social theory


In the second year you will study:

  • What are the patterns in crime?
  • How is crime linked to the media?
  • Why do people commit crimes?
  • Theories and explanations of crime and deviance
  • Evidence and examples of areas of inequality related to social class, gender, ethnicity and age in the contemporary UK
  • The changing patterns of inequality including the distribution of income, wealth and social mobility in the contemporary UK
  • Theories and explanations for inequality and stratification related to social class, gender, ethnicity, age
  • Research Methods

What will I be taught?

This course will be delivered through a dynamic mix of both teacher and student let activities. These activities will include an element of flipped learning, where students will be expected to complete prior reading or activities before carrying out classroom tasks based on these addition to this there will be opportunity for discussion and debate in the classroom as we tackle some of the key social issues of the day. We will also make use of online resources such as Moodle, and interactive Kahoot quizzes. We will also teach you the skills to evaluate social theory and current events, seeing past the common sense explanations we usually use to explain these issues.

Classroom activities will include:

  • Multiple choice tests
  • Essay based assessments
  • Interactive online quizzes
  • group work
  • student led sessions

Where will this course take me?

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses.  100% exam

3 exams:

  • Socialisation and culture (Culture and identity, Youth cultures, Education) 40%
  • Methods of sociological enquiry 20%
  • Power and stratification (Social stratification, Crime and Deviance) 40%Former students of this college have gone on to study Sociology, Criminology, as well as a range of other Degrees at university and employment/apprenticeships with a range of national companies.

How will I be assessed?

100% exam

3 exams:

  • Socialisation and culture (Culture and identity, Family and households, Education) 40%
  • Methods of sociological enquiry 20%
  • Power and stratification (Social stratification, Crime and Deviance) 40%

Staff Contact Details

Thomas Lloyd

John Williams