Hartlepool Sixth Form College


AS / A Level Sociology

Course Content

Sociology is the study of human social relationships, how society is organised and how we experience life. Sociology looks at topics such as the causes of crime, religious beliefs, education, the family, social class and culture and identity. Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyses and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world.

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The majority of our successful students continue on to higher education to study social sciences, sociology or criminology at degree level. Many students are attracted to nursing and social work as a career.

Sociology is useful for a growing number of careers, especially those which are ‘people orientated.’ There are a number of employment pathways as a result of studying sociology such as working for the National Health Service, Police, HM Prison Service and in public relations.