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In Short

What is Sociology? A subject which helps explain social change, past, present and future. A subject which encourages political and social engagement with contemporary social issues. A subject which involves being actively involved with social research and policy.

You will study topics including; crime and deviance, the impact of globalisation, the nature of social relationships, different forms of social inequality, the impact of new forms of social media and social research in a range of social contexts.

Sociology investigates the inter-relationships between individuals, groups, institutions and societies.


Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above including English Language and Maths


Course Content

This subject will enhance your understanding of human social life and develop a variety of techniques for studying and thinking about the social world that challenges the ‘common sense’ assumptions of everyday life. You will study the methods sociologists use to find out about behaviour in society, and the theories they use to organise and explain their findings. You will learn about these methods and theories through the study of specific subject areas, like the sociology of youth and culture, protest and social movements, health, crime and deviance and the media. In both the first and second year of the course, you will consolidate what you have learned by doing a piece of coursework. This will allow you to take the role of a sociologist and demonstrate your skills and imagination.



Sociology is accepted for entry to many degree courses at universities across the UK. Equally, the material you will study would be useful if you intend to pursue a career in journalism and the media, social work, occupational therapy, nursing, health service administration, youth work, local and central government work, the police and prison services, business management, personnel management, market and social research. Past students have gained places on courses such as BA (Hons) Sociology, BA (Hons) Social Anthropology, LLB (Hons) Law and BA (Hons) International Politics at institutions such as Aberystwyth University, University of Hertfordshire and University of London and Warwick University.


Your Tutor - Sarah Downes

I have taught at Weymouth College for ten years on a range of academic subjects such History, Sociology, Philosophy and Ethics.  I have been an Examiner for OCR since 2018 for History that enables me to have an excellent understanding of exam requirements and help the students to do well.  History and Sociology complement each other very well and both subjects are pertinent in today’s world.


If you are aged 16-18 as of 31 August on the year of enrolment – no course fee. If you are over 19 as of 31 August and enrolling on a full-time programme of study a tuition fee will be applicable in most cases. Bursary funds There are financial support arrangements for 16-18 year olds and hardship funds available for the over 19s. Please contact our Information Centre for details of costs and concessions on 01305 208808 or email

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