spotlight on… sociology

Here, we take a closer look at our A-Level Sociology course which is available for you to study here at Cowley Sixth Form.

We asked one of our current students to give us a bit of insight into what the Sociology course is all about, what’s involved and what it’s like studying here at Cowley Sixth Form College.


When did you first consider studying Sociology at sixth form?

I was in Year 11 and I attended a meeting on subject choice for sixth form. I chose two options, but wasn’t sure about my last one. After speaking to Mrs Faulkner, I decided that Sociology would be the best because it sounded the most interesting and would fit with my other subjects well.

What was it that captured your interest in the subject?

I really enjoyed the fact that I could relate to all aspects of the course. This helped me to understand new concepts and theories in Sociology. It linked well with my other subjects and it is a course that will help me with my career aspirations of working with people.

What has surprised you most about the subject?

I was surprised that in an A-Level, I was studying things I knew about but thinking about them in a totally new way. When studying crime, I was surprised that crime can be functional to society.

There is a lot of content in Sociology. How do you cope with the amount there is to learn?

There is a lot to learn and that can be scary at first. Topics are broken down, though, and we do quizzes throughout the year to check that we are not falling behind. We are doing a weekly retrieval quiz this year which covers all the topics we have done in year 12. This is helping me to identify the gaps in my understanding and to help me learn for my exams.

If you are struggling with a question/topic what support is available?

In Sociology, we are given a text book, a revision guide and question banks to support learning. In addition, we can email our teacher or speak to her. We have a Twitter account so that we can read articles and follow other colleges etc.

What do you enjoy most about the lessons?

I look forward to Sociology lessons. We all get along well as a group and lessons are informative but in a more relaxed environment. This reduces stress. We do a lot of different activities in lessons, ranging from video clips, PPTs, mind mapping and exam question practice.

What have you found the most challenging? 

I find learning the names of sociologists difficult! There are so many studies but we make up fun ways of remembering them!

What advice would you give someone thinking of taking the subject at Cowley Sixth Form College?

I’d say take it! If you want to work with people in the future, then it is a great subject to take as it teaches you about why people behave in the way that they do. It makes you think of things in a different way. Lessons are always different and it’s good that we get to discuss things that are going on in society now.

If you had to pick your subjects again, would you still pick Sociology? If yes, why? If no, why not? 

Yes. I am glad that I picked it. I am thinking of carrying on with the subject at university.


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