Sociology is the study of the origin, development, organisation and functioning of human society. It looks at the science of the fundamental laws of social relations and institutions such as the education system, the justice system and families. Sociology investigates a range of topics such as: gender, stereotyping, race and ethnicity, social inequality, racism, sexism, domestic violence, lone parents, marriage and divorce and childhood, just to name a few! These are all explored using theories and real-life examples that are written about, as well as debated.


Sociology will help you have a greater insight into communities and relationships. It will give you an insight into how humans interact with each other, both in this country and across the world. There is also a focus on Government statistics regarding what is happening here in the UK. 

Learn about Sociologists’ theories and research; apply analytical and evaluative skills to the topics covered; improve your essay writing skills; complete group work; independent work; and experience a variety of teaching methods in the classroom.

Minimum Entry Requirements

11 as a combined score for GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature.

Combines well with…

Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physical Education, Philosophy & Ethics, Psychology.


There are many opportunities that arise from gaining a sociology qualification, often students go onto further study or careers within the business or financial industry, or careers related to marketing or journalism. There are many public areas that benefit from an understanding of sociology, such as: working within prisons, education and the health service.