Sociology is a contemporary subject, which is very much connected to the present.

It explains the way in which society works and how individuals live together and co-operate through social institutions such as the education system, the family, religious institutions and the law. Sociology examines the development of society and the theories of those who have observed it, such as Karl Marx and Emile Durkheim.

Studying Sociology allows you to examine current affairs, how society works and the people within it. Field trips include a visit to the Hindu Temple in Newcastle as well as trips to other places of sociological interest, both local and national. A variety of outside speakers will also be invited to give talks to classes throughout the course.

The Sociology department has also developed an academic link with Falkonergårdens College in Copenhagen.


Higher Education – Sociology, Social Work and Criminology.

Careers include: Social Work, Counselling, Law Enforcement, Healthcare, Teaching, Journalism and Government/Politics.

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Course detail

Start date: September 2021

Entry requirements

5 GCSE grades 9 to 4

Study units

Families and households (the relationship of the family with reference to the economy and to state policies, changing patterns within the family including marital status, gender roles, domestic labour, power relationships and childhood and demographic change).

Education with theory and methods (the role and purpose of education, including which social groups do/do not do well in education and state policies and how they affect education).

Beliefs in society (religious organisations, the significance of religion in the contemporary world, differences in types of religious organisations, including the new religious movements, ethnicity and religion, gender and religion and the concept of secularisation).


Exam-based assessment.