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How is the course assessed?

The course is assessed through three exam papers at the end of Year 13, this means the course is 100% exam. The exams take the format of extended writing. 

What is the average class size?

The course numbers are strong, with an average of 15 across each year group.

Are the teachers specialists in the subject area?

Mr Sharrocks is a graduate in Sociology, Criminology and Politics from Staffordshire University, with a PGCE in Social Sciences from Manchester Metropolitan University as well as having completed three subject specific MOOCS during lockdown. Furthermore, Mr Sharrocks is currently studying for his MA in Education and Social Research at Lancaster University, which will ultimately benefit through an enhanced subject knowledge. 

How successful have previous students been in this subject?

The students have been very successful, we have a strong pass rate, with a number of our pupils leaving Forge Valley with the top grades and heading off to prestigious universities.

What other subjects compliment this course?

Sociology goes naturally with any humanities or social science course, such as Government and Politics, History, Psychology and has an overlap with the Criminology course. It also works well alongside both English courses due to the need for a strong writing ability.  

Will studying this subject allow me to go to university? 

YES! In recent years, the top universities increasingly look for pupils with A Level Sociology as a facilitating subject for many university courses which include; Sociology, Politics, Criminology, Law, History, English and Journalism. Sociology is offered by the top universities and is a very popular and academic degree course.  

What careers can the subject lead to?

Sociology can open many doors due to the teaching of critical thought. Careers that could be linked to the course include; the Civil Service, academic research, local government, education, policing, military, journalism, healthcare and social work.