Full time course
This course is designed for students who are open- minded and inquisitive about how society functions. Sociology requires students to be well organised and committed to the subject, to be able to work independently but also to be able to take part in discussions on a variety of issues using evidence and research to support their argument. You should thus enjoy working effectively in a group situation as well as independently. You should be prepared to discuss theories and opinions from different viewpoints. A strong interest in current affairs is also useful.
What will I study?
Sociology is the study of human life, groups and social interactions – from the person on the street to global events. You will take part in active research to acquire knowledge and a critical understanding of the subjects covered. Specific topics you will cover include the family, education, mass media, crime and deviance, power and poverty and social inequality. You will develop essential study skills, such as outlining points, evaluation finding/presenting info and essay planning and writing.
What do I need to join?
Students will normally (but not always) have already achieved a grade 3 (grade D) in GCSE English.
How long is the course?
How will I learn?
You will learn through discussion based lessons, essay writing, reading, presentations and active, independent research.
How will I know how I am doing?
Throughout the year you will complete short timed assessments that will enable your teacher to review your progress.
Your final grade will be assessed through two written examinations at the end of the academic year.
What can I do next?
GCSEs provide an excellent foundation to progress into both technical and academic pathways as well as being seen by employers as a key qualification for progressing in the workplace. After GCSEs, many of our students go on to study A Levels and Level 3 vocational programmes at SGS. Entry onto the GCSE Plus Programme will be assessed on an individual basis at an interview and all applicants will undertake initial assessments in English, maths and science.
What are my career options?
If taken further, Sociology can lead to a variety of careers in areas such as Social Services, including social work, criminal justice system, local and central government, charity/ community work, teaching, journalism or social research, as well as many other jobs and careers.