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Sociology at Runshaw College

Course description

Why should I come to Runshaw to study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of people in society but depending on what we mean by society will determine how we study it. Sociologists are interested in finding out about a variety of socially constructed phenomena, including: family, education systems, different cultures, religious beliefs, crime and deviance.

The pass rate for Sociology is consistently 100%, and in 2015, 65% of students achieved A*- B grade. Our teachers’ specialism, enthusiasm and commitment to students’ success means that our students enjoy and achieve whilst studying Sociology at Runshaw College.

You will also have the opportunity to join the Sociology Academy where you can debate and research topics other than those discussed in the classroom. We also attend many trips, visits and conferences, recent ones include:

  • trip to Wymott prison
  • trip to London (residential)
  • visits to the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool.

What will I study?

In Sociology lessons you will be given opportunities to discuss and debate a whole range of topical sociological issues.

A few examples of topics studied are:

• Why do some people join gangs?

• Why do people get married or divorced?

• Why do some people underachieve in school?

• Why do some pupils join anti-school sub- cultures?

Entry requirements

For access to our A Level Programme, our entry requirements are 5 x grade B equivalent (5 x Grade 5 or B) in a range of separate subjects.
For Sociology specifically, this should include Grade 5/B in a written subject.


100% written examination.

Financial information

No course fees are applicable for 16-18 year old learners who meet funding regulations.

Future opportunities

What will this course prepare me for?

All of the skills that you develop, and the knowledge that you will gain, will prepare you for a range of careers and university courses such as human resource management, journalism, law, teaching, marketing, the police and advertising.

Further information

Which subjects complement this A-level?

All subjects complement Sociology and in particular:
Government and Politics
Media Studies
RS - Theology and Philosophy

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 30 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: LASOCIO

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