Miss L Wrigglesworth – Head of Department
This year we have approximately 125 students taking Sociology. There are three groups in Year 12 and two in Year 13. Student contact time is nine hours over the two week timetable, with each group having one teacher for five of those lessons and the other teacher for four. Sociology staff are fully accessible to students outside of lesson times and students are encouraged to ask any member of the department for help if their own teacher is not available.
The department has grown rapidly in terms of student numbers since its inception creation three years ago, both in terms of numbers and grades. We prepare in-house teaching materials, and share materials and good practice. There is an array of resources covering a range of media; these are all available for students who are keen to support their studies with extra reading/viewing.
What is Sociology?
Sociology is the study of society, large groups of people and individuals. It studies why people behave in the way that they do and how SOCIETY and the INSTITUTIONS such as the Government and education influence the way that you are.
Sociology examines the major institutions in society from various perspectives, such as Marxism, Feminism, and Functionalism; and considers how beneficial they are to individuals and groups. Sociology encourages critical and reflective thinking, a respect for social diversity and promotes different interpretations of social experiences.
Is Sociology for me?
Sociology is a popular new subject, available only at A Level, and crosses over with a lot of subjects such as History, English, Science and Humanities.
It is an essay based subject. Successful candidates are those who can write long answers confidently and bring information together in a sophisticated and analytical style.
Evaluation is the key in Sociology, you must be able to create balanced arguments from different theories and research.
Sociology allows you to debate current issues and is one of the rare subjects where your opinion counts! As this is a subject of past and contemporary society, Sociology also allows you to keep up to date with current affairs and the news.
How will I be assessed?
We follow the AQA Specification A. There is no coursework, assessment is based on exams. Students will sit a total of three papers at the end of Year 13 which will all make up 33.3% of their overall A-Level. Each paper is 2 hours long and is assessed via short answer questions and extended writing questions (up to 30 mark essays). More details about each paper can be found here.
Where could Sociology take me?
An understanding of Sociology is key for careers in Politics and the Media, such as Journalism.
As Sociology focuses on understanding how society and the key institutions in society function, this subject can be perfect for roles in public services e.g. like the police, criminal justice social workers, probation officers.
Sociology can also lead you onto civil servant and public sector roles such as teaching, law and social work.