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Reasons to study this course

  • You are actively concerned about the world around you and want to do something useful and constructive within it.
  • You are interested in issues in wider society such as gender equality, education, crime prevention strategies and demographic changes.
  • You want to further develop your skills of analysis and evaluation.

What you will need to study this course

  • ability to construct logical and critical arguments using sociological knowledge
  • ability to articulate arguments effectively in class discussions and written assessments
  • very good command of English
    minimum average GCSE score of 5

What you will study

Year 1 (AS) – Socialisation and Culture, Families and Households, Education, and Methods of Sociological Enquiry.

Year 2 (A-Level) – Power and Stratification, Crime and Deviance.

Each topic is underpinned with sociological perspectives based on the work of key theorists. Some of the issues we look at include: What is culture? Why does the attainment of pupils differ according to class, gender and ethnicity?

How you will be assessed

Year 1 (AS) – two written exams

Year 2 (A-Level) – three written exams

Progress will be monitored through written assessments, tests and progress reviews.

Priestley Extra

Sociology students have enjoyed excursions to London and New York in recent years, as well as having the support of regular workshops and study sessions.


Careers in the police, probation service, journalism, anthropology, social work, teaching, law and any other career where you will deal with people from different social backgrounds. Sociology combines well with many subjects like English, Law, Politics, Media Studies, History, Religious Studies, Philosophy and Business Studies. As a social science, many students also combine Sociology with Psychology.

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