Head of Department: Mrs S. Gupta
Sociology is the fundamental study of human social life and relationships. It examines how people live together, operate, and interact within a society. The study of sociology helps to deepen a student’s awareness of the world, giving them an invaluable understanding of the social structures and social processes which operate within society, and which govern human behaviour and interaction.
Students in the Sixth Form at Barclay Academy follow the AQA specification in sociology. This course involves the analysis of various sociological theories. It also includes the study of such fundamental social structures as the education system, and analysis of relationships within this system, or how different factors might affect educational attainment. Students will also explore contemporary British society, such as health, welfare, crime, inequality and the role of the media in amplifying these issues. Research is a key aspect of sociology and, correspondingly, students explore various key studies and research methods to evaluate critically the validity of sociological theories.