Sociology at The Sixth Form College Farnborough
Are you interested in people and their behaviour? If the answer is 'Yes', then Sociology could be the right course for you. Sociology asks lots of questions about the relationships between groups of people within society and explores issues of identity, inequality and power.
Sociology will allow you to see your social world in a different way and question taken for granted assumptions about the way that you live. You will improve your skills in research, analysis and critical reasoning.
Sociology is the study of society and looks at how everyday experiences shape our lives. In particular, we will study patterns of behaviour within social groups and the impact of class, gender, ethnicity and age on social relationships. The focus of the course will be the UK, but references will be made to other cultures as well.
You will be involved in many different activities. You will be regularly asked to give your thoughts on the issues through debates and discussions. You will be encouraged to research independently and produce your findings in a presentation or poster. You will watch documentaries and answer questions on topical issues. You will examine studies performed by social researchers to draw out strengths and weaknesses in their approach.
You may choose to be involved in one of trips to Brighton to look at Mod culture, to New York to look at the Americanisation of cultural identity or you may attend a student conference on recent research in Criminology or Anthropological research on feral children or attend a lecture on social inequality.
In the first year of the course you will look at
- socialisation, culture and identity and ask questions such as: how are cultures formed? How do we learn our identities from the environment around us?
- sociology of youth - how is youth socially constructed? What is the relationship between young people and sub-cultures? Why are some young people more likely to commit crime?
- how sociologists carry out their research and you will look at some of the problems with trying to research human behaviour.
In the second year of the course you will look at some contemporary issues in Sociology:
- globalisation in the digital era. You will, for example, refer to studies on how Facebook makes people less satisfied with life; why 75% of 16-24 year-olds claim they couldn’t live without the internet and how the sexes behave differently online.
- sociology of education - what is the structure of the education system in the UK? What function does education have in society? How can differences in educational achievement be explained? What are some global issues in educational provision?
- social inequality and difference with research methods and ask what are the inequalities and differences experienced by different genders, classes, ages and ethnicities? How are research methods used and combined to study this area
- To study Sociology at Advanced level, it is not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE.
- You should have at least a grade C in GCSE English Language.
- Much of the course is based on writing essays and requires you to apply knowledge in a structured way and to be evaluative.
- You must come to this course with a willingness to improve your essay writing skills.
- Socialisation, culture and identity – written examination worth 30% of the A level.
- Debates in contemporary society (globalisation and the digital world and the sociology of Education) – written examination worth 35% of the A level.
- Researching and understanding social inequality – written examination worth 35% of the A level.
Many of our Sociology students go on to take degrees in Sociology or a related field such as Anthropology, Criminology or Education. Sociology is also considered good preparation and an acceptable entrance qualification for other courses at degree level.
It is a valuable subject for all types of work which involve an understanding of people and social relationships or the use of problem solving and analytical skills. Common career pathways taken by Sociology graduates include journalism, law, PR, marketing, social research, politics, charity (NGO), development work, teaching, social work and nursing.
It is also a useful subject for those not wishing to go to university and wanting to follow careers such as the police, armed forces, civil service and working with children or the elderly.
What other subjects could I do with Sociology?
Any subject combination is possible, but the skills developed compliment other subjects in humanities and social sciences such as Psychology, Philosophy, History, Government and Politics, Citizenship and Law as well as Economics, Media and Film Studies.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Sixth Form College Farnborough directly.