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The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden

Pierre Bourdieu

Our Curriculum: Sociology

The Sociology curriculum is suitable for students who have an open, enquiring mind and enjoy debating contemporary issues. A number of theoretical and political perspectives are applied to the study of topics such as education, families and households, beliefs in society and crime and deviance. Students also learn how to conduct experimental and non- experimental research. Students will learn through guided reading, discussing, writing essays, group work, videos, class presentations and internet research.

Getting Better at Sociology

Students get better at Sociology by developing their application, analysis and evaluative skills. A wider knowledge and understanding of the society in which we live is important and students must be keen on keeping up to date with the news and current affairs. As members of society all students come to the course equipped with some knowledge of the social world, but through the study of sociology they will develop a deeper understanding and examine issues that directly affect life in Britain and other areas of the world. Good sociologists will understand how topics link together synoptically and are proficient in structuring coherent extended writing to apply, analyse and evaluate a broad range of sociological knowledge.

Beyond School

The course lays an appropriate foundation for further study of Sociology and related subjects in higher education. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research. Material studied would be useful for students intending to pursue careers in the field of social sciences, but equally provides a real and eye-opening understanding of how society works in terms of general education and lifelong learning.


Sociology can prepare students for careers in the media, education, social work, law, the police and criminology.