Sociology at Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form
Sociology simply means the study of society, but the aim of the subject is much greater than that. Sociology researches and critiques the power relationships within society and aims to developing policies which can improve it.
We use a range of sociological perspectives to discover why society works or fails by exploring inequalities between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ on the grounds of class, gender, age and ethnicity. We explore the major institutions such as the family, education and the criminal justice system to debate the society we live in and how it affects us.
In the first year we explore the role of education. We look at whether the education system is fair and maintains a harmonious society or whether the education system is in fact biased and only benefits the ruling class. The second topic is families and households. We look at the role the family has in modern Britain with and whether it helps society function or creates conflict. We also look at the diversity of families in the U.K., from same-sex families to the more traditional nuclear family. In addition to this course content, students will also study the methods used by sociologists to gather information and research key issues. One third of the marks available are for knowledge of research methods and its application to a given research scenario.
In the second year the students will study crime and deviance, covering a wide range of issues such as why people commit crime. We approach this issue by looking at social factors such as cultural and gender differences and the impact of poverty. We also analyse the broader global context of crime by studying crimes such human trafficking, illegal drugs, cybercrime and green crime. The second unit of study is global development in which we study modernisation of the developing world, looking at solutions to reducing poverty. We also explore the impact of aid dependency. For example, does aid help countries to develop or does it make them reliant on Western intervention?
In addition to crime and global development, students in the second year will also study the key theories in sociology in depth and apply them to their existing knowledge. These include major perspectives such as Marxism, Functionalism, Feminism and Postmodernism. Students will also be assessed on their knowledge and application of research methods.
Key to doing well in sociology is a willingness to read widely outside of the textbook and to developed a good knowledge of current affairs. Students are therefore asked to keep a current affairs scrapbook.
AGCSE average of 5, including a 5 in GCSE English
Sociology is a perfect A-Level for those wanting a future in the public domain ranging from lawyers to teachers to health care professionals.
The academic nature of the course allows students to develop their essay writing and critical thinking which are essential at university and within the workplace.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Uckfield Community Technology College School Sixth Form directly.