• Sociology

Philosophy of the department
Sociology is the academic study of the ways in which individuals and groups live in contemporary society, looking at social processes, structures and social change. It is based on a critical awareness of social life, attempting to see through and look beyond the obvious and to question the ‘taken for granted’.

As well as helping them to fulfil their academic potential, we aim to develop in our students a greater knowledge, awareness and understanding of the world in which they live, not only their own society and culture but also those around them in an increasingly globalised world. We also aim to develop skills to enable our students to focus on their own roles and responsibilities within society, to encourage a life-long interest in social issues and to foster the development of critical and reflective thinking with a respect for social diversity.

What we expect from our students
Sociology is a popular choice of subject in our Sixth Form and we expect all students to be punctual, well organised, to have a high level of attendance, to play an active role in lessons, to reflect on their progress and set a path for improvement, always working to the best of their ability to achieve their full potential. This of course means that all assignments must be handed in on time. There is no course work assessment in this subject and so it is vital that they have as much practice as possible at exam style questions whether it be for homework or in class under timed conditions. We will provide the necessary teaching, support, guidance and encouragement, but we expect our students to take responsibility for their own learning, to have enquiring minds and to demonstrate a keen interest in current affairs. Respect and consideration for each other as well as for the members of staff are essential.

The Sociology Team:

Mr J Clarke, Head of Sociology

Miss A Ahazie, Head of Year 10