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"The scientific study of peoples and societies"

HumanitiesSociology is the study of society. It is a social science - a term with which it is sometimes synonymous - that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop and refine a body of knowledge about human social activity, often with the goal of applying such knowledge to the pursuit of social welfare.

Sociology is both topically and methodologically a very broad discipline. Its traditional focuses have included social stratification (i.e., "class"), social mobility, religion, secularisation, law, and deviance, while approaches have included both qualitative and quantitative research techniques. As all spheres of human activity are sculpted by social structure and individual agency, sociology has gradually expanded its focus to further subjects, such as medical, military and penal institutions, the Internet, and even the role of social activity in the development of scientific knowledge!


Sociology is taught in rooms with computers. Students will have access to a wide range of sociology books and films. The sociology area of the VLE will provide you with many extra resources. The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) also has many useful text books and journals.


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  • Year 12

    In AS sociology, students study Families and Households. This includes the structure and function of family life in society, how this has changed and the reasons for this. We look at demography including birth, death and marriage rates and consider social policies. This helps students to develop their political awareness and they consider the advantages and disadvantages of migration.

    Through the Education topic, students consider the role and function of education from different perspectives. Trends in educational achievement are also looked at and this is linked to government policies which are studied in detail.

    All work in AS is underpinned by methodological issues which have to be examined and analysed.

  • Year 13

    In A level sociology, students will study all the above work, and will build on this in terms of their understanding of sociological theories and methods.

    They will look at different beliefs in society and the impact of religion both in the UK and around the world, including trends over time and the explanations behind any changes.

    Through the Crime and Deviance module students will explore potential explanations behind different types of crime. They will consider prevention and punishment as well as the profiles of offenders and victim. Government policies and laws are considered including the thinking behind them, and their impact. In both topics students will learn about globalisation and the diversity of contemporary society.


Extra curricular activities

We endeavour to provide at least one trip for each year group every year. Examples of trips are visits to Sociology conferences, to Local Courts and to listen to ex-convicts talk about their lives and why they committed the crimes they did.


Teaching staff

  • Kangley, Anne
  • Powell, Catherine
  • Windle, Helena


Subjects covered by Humanities

Humanities collectively includes many subject areas. Please follow the links below to find out more about each subject.