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Sociology

Sociology is a vibrant, energetic department which attracts a number of students who are interested in a wide range of careers. Students are motivated and are keen to study sociological theory alongside real social issues.

Members of the Criminology Course

Sociology is the study of how society is organised and how life is experienced by different groups in society. Sociology will not provide you with quick answers but it will provide you with the tools and information to question things that you already take for granted and analyse the world in new ways.

At A level the AQA syllabus is followed. This means students study topics such as:

  • The role of women within society
  • Domestic violence and child abuse
  • Reasons why certain class and ethnic groups underachieve within the education system
  • Explanations as to why people may turn to crime
  • The criminal justice system and its merits and problems

Visits from Prison Officers

Sociology is a popular subject at Advanced level and students enjoy lessons which are riveting and stimulating, often using the media to enhance discussion and debate.  The department is also very lucky to have a wide range of guest speakers that visit the lessons on a regular basis and work with the students.  For example, a Forensic Psychologist, a Senior Detective frm the Serious and Organised Crimes Unit and a Senior Detective from the Homicide and Kidnap Unit have all spent time with the students recently. 

Visit from Officers from the Counter Terrorism Branch

Trips and Activities

Members of the Lower Sixth take part in a Social Inclusion Day.  Here they listen and interview former members of society who have previously felt excluded, such as former criminals and listen to the reasons why they got involved in crime.

The Upper Sixth have the chance to attend Preston Crown Court, Preston Police Station and Lancaster Crown Court.  Here they get to see the theories and ideas put into practice and meet and interview criminals, detectives, probation officers and prison workers.  they get to spend time in the cells, the interview rooms, in the police cars, watching the CCTV and trying on some of the police equipment. 

Preston Police Station

Visit to Lancaster Crown Court

Co Curricular Activities

Visit from Chief Superintendent, Neil Hunter

As well as the teaching of the A level syllabus, the department also runs two different Criminology courses throughout the year.  This attracts a large number of students from Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 and is run for eight consecutive weeks.  Here students analyse in more detail specific criminal cases and other topics such as gang crime, criminal punishment and restorative justice.  All students who complete the course receive a certificate.

Year 10 Criminology Course

Sociology is offered at all universities, including Cambridge and a number of students who have studied sociology at A level, continue to study it at degree level.

Sociology provides knowledge about the world, about how it works, and about how you can change it. It's up to you to do the rest! Are you ready for a challenge?

 

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