Sandbach College

Why study this course?

Do you think everyone has a fair chance in the education system? What caused the rise in divorce rates?  Do you feel like there is more to what you read in the news or see on TV?  Do crime rates reflect reality or is there bias in the criminal justice system? If you are interested in studying contemporary issues in society in order to gain a deeper understanding of the world, this course is for you.

Sandbach College at Sandbach High School Entry Requirements

We ask that all students achieve grade 4 or equivalent (a Level 2 pass) in at least 4 subjects, alongside the following subject specific entry requirements:

  • Grade 5 in English


  • Grade 5 in another humanities subject 

What will I learn on this course?

Sociology seeks to understand all aspects of human social behaviour, including the social dynamics of small groups of people, large organisations, communities, institutions and society as a whole. Sociologists are motivated to better understand and improve people’s lives by using sociological research to inform the development of social policies to address social problems such as poverty, unemployment, crime and educational underachievement

The central focus of the course is on UK society today, with consideration given to its globalised context. Students study approaches and methods related to the core areas of Sociology, to enable students to engage in theoretical debate and to encourage an active involvement with research. The overriding question throughout the course is whether society is a fair and equal system. Students develop a strong social awareness and the ability to identify and challenge inequalities and discrimination in society.

'Sociology has been the most important and applicable subject I have studied. It gave me the opportunity to study the world around me in detail, looking at how and why society is structured the way it is from multiple perspectives. Through the passionate teaching I received, I was able to develop new ways of thinking and the skills to critique not only the topics in the course, but the day-to-day events across society. Sociology has given me an awareness of how the world works, and an understanding not to take things at face value, but to always dig a little deeper into understanding society.'

Rhianna, former Sociology student  

Examinations & Coursework

100% external examination. 

PAPER 1– Education with Theory and Methods

PAPER 2 – Topics in Sociology and research methods. The topics currently covered are Families and Households plus Beliefs in Society.

PAPER 3 – Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods


Potential career paths

This is a challenging course that will provide knowledge, skills and awareness valued by employers and universities. These skills include critical analysis and evaluation, independent thinking, communication skills and research skills.  Studying sociology opens up a wide range of careers in areas such as welfare, health, education, social research, criminal justice system, human resources and management, media, and local and central government. Past students have progressed to university courses in sociology and social policy, criminology, psychology, law, politics, international relations, social work, nursing, education and teaching. Past students have also progressed to apprenticeships in the NHS, including nursing degree apprenticeships, legal apprenticeships, community support work, educational support roles, administration and retail management apprenticeships. 

If you are interested in sociology but want to know more about your career options or transferrable skills, follow the link to access the British Sociological Association resource ‘Discover Sociology’ resource.  

Enrichment opportunities

The Sociology department offers a large number of enrichment activities at lunchtime or after school. These include: 

  • Attendance at the annual True Life Conference to allow students to hear the stories of ex-offenders and understand the impact of crime on both offenders and wider society. 
  • Tutor2U workshops to support learning and raise aspirations, court visits, guest speakers.
  • Students are given the opportunity to act as student ambassadors for the subject and to promote sociology at open days and workshops.
  • Links with leading local universities
  • Visiting speakers from academia and industry.
  • Access to monthly Sociology Review journal