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Sociology is a social science concerned with the study of human social relationships and the various ways these relationships are patterned in terms of social groups, organisations and societies.


You will look at the diversity of family types in our society today, whether childhood still exists, which gender performs better within education and why this is. You will research patterns in criminal behaviour and the impact of the mass media upon individuals by assessing issues such as whether exposure to violent media can make us act in a violent way. You will take part in discussions and debates in relating to controversial topics and will develop and apply knowledge of research methods.

Entry Requirements

Students are expected to have achieved at least a 5 in Sociology, if taken, or a similar essay-based subject at GCSE.


Learning & Assessment

Modules / Topics

Topics include:


  • Families and Households
  • Education
  • Mass Media
  • Crime and Deviance
  • Theory and Methods

Trips / Visits / Enrichment

In previous years, we have had University visits, conferences and careers fairs as well as guest speakers. As part of NSFC enrichment programme, we run a Society Club that raises money and awareness for different local charities.


100% exam based, all exams are 2 hours:

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

Paper 2: Families and Households and Mass Media

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

What do our students say?

I came to Newcastle Sixth Form College because I felt I could achieve more if I left school. My time at NSFC has definitely enabled me to go further and achieve success in my subjects.
Primrose Lucia Matende , Physics
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Many students study Sociology at degree level, many choosing to focus on specific elements, such as criminology.

Sociologists tend to progress into careers within the caring profession in occupations such as mental health nursing, social work, teaching and jobs within human resources.

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