Why study sociology?

The study of sociology will enable you to develop your understanding of society in a disciplined way.

The course covers issues that shape how our society functions, is governed, and how this affects both individuals and groups of people.

You will ideally be interested in the events that shape peoples’ ultimate beliefs, their moments of tragedy, grandeur and ecstasy, together with being fascinated by the commonplace, and every day.

What will I learn about?

Families and households

Covering the relationship of the family to the social structure and social change, with particular reference to the economy and state policies. You will also look at changes to patterns of marriage, cohabitation, separation and divorce.

Education and research methods

You will study the role and functions of the education system, including its relationship to the economy and to class structure.


You will study:

  • the new media and their significance for an understanding of the role of the media in contemporary society
  • the relationship between ownership and control of the media
  • the media, globalisation and popular culture
  • the processes of selection and presentation of the content of the news
  • media representations of age, social class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and disability
  • the relationship between the media, their content and presentation, and audiences

Crime and deviance

This unit teaches you about the different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control. You will also learn about crime control, prevention and punishment.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language.

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