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Sociology at Hagley Catholic High School

Course description

Sociology is the study of human social relationships, institutions, development and organisation.

Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from the family and education to crime and religion, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Social researchers draw upon a variety of qualitative and quantitative techniques to gather sociological evidence. This will focus on analysing interviews and statistics.  

Course content

Awarding body: AQA Specification: 1191/2191. Y12 Families and Households 1 hour written exam. Y12 Education and Sociological Methods 2 hour written exam. Y13 Beliefs in Society 1 hour and 30 minutes written exam. Y13 Crime and Deviance and Research Methods 2 hour written exam

Entry requirements

5 A*- C GCSE pass rates including a Grade B or above in English Language. This subject combines well with GCSE History and Geography and it would be desirable to have at least a Grade C or above in one of these subjects. 


We use a variety of teaching methods which include the use of ICT, research tasks, problem solving, theoretical questions, debate and discussions. You will be expected to work independently but also have opportunities to complete group work, research tasks and enhance communications skills with presentations. 

Progression to university this qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Like subjects such as Geography, Sociology encompasses elements of scientific enquiry and also more humanities based approaches. As a result, sociology students are expected to develop a broad range of transferable skills, including research, essay writing and statistical analysis. 

Future opportunities

We are a highly successful department that offers high quality teaching and learning environments. We have excellent examination results with our AS group achieving a 94% pass rate at A*- E and the A-level achieving a 100% pass rate at A*- E.

Further information

Sociology is part of a social science group of subjects and intersects with other social sciences such as Politics, Economics, Law, Psychology and Statistics. If you are interested in human social behaviour it can provide the back bone to degrees also linked to Anthropology, English, and Criminology. Other career links include youth work, community welfare, social work and teaching. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hagley Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 24 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Throughout the year
  • Duration: 2 years

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