If you are looking to enter higher education or employment in a related area within Social Sciences and are interested in how and why people behave, this course is for you.
This course is for you if...
...you are intrigued by the society we live in and the people that make up that society.
Where can this course lead to?
Sociology is recognised by all universities as a valid A Level for undergraduate study. Students from Itchen frequently gain places to study Sociology locally at Southampton, Winchester and Portsmouth as well as universities across the country, including Cambridge.
Sociology is particularly relevant for any career involving working with people such as social work, human relations, teaching, business, management, nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, the police, journalism and marketing.
What will I study on this course?
You will study areas like identity and culture, families and households, youth cultures, education, mass media, crime and deviance, world sociology and research methods. Lessons will involve studying and discussing sociological problems. Activities typically involve working in groups, doing practical tasks, using worksheets, textbooks, computers, watching videos and preparing presentations.
During the course you will:
- Develop awareness and understanding of the patterns of behaviour in our society
- Consider contemporary debates and problems
- Learn to understand methods used to collect data
- Explore current social issues, as well as earlier studies and theories
- Explore different areas of society
Each week you will have approximately five and a half hours of lessons, including a seventh period on exam and study skills.
Extended opportunities and enrichment
Students go on various trips as part of their studies, with the Social Sciences department running national and international trips. They also have guest lectures from visiting professionals, teachers who have published research in their field and undertake charity work throughout the year.