GCSE Sociology

Full Time

About the course

Sociology is the study of human society and social groups. It aims to increase our understanding of the social world by looking at how social structures such as families, education, employment and the media have an effect on our individual behaviour.

Sociology shows us that society can be better understood by looking at social processes such as socialisation, culture and identity, and how these have an impact on social issues such as the gap between rich and poor or the rising crime rate.

This course is divided into units, including: Studying Society; Education; Mass media; Social Inequality.

Entry requirements

Grade 3/D or above in GCSE English Language. No previous knowledge of Sociology is required, but a keen interest in understanding society and social issues is desired.

Where next?

Sociology helps you develop a wide range of skills that are applicable to all areas of employment and further study at college and university.

This subject can lead to many careers including teaching, journalism, social work, health care, law, the police, advertising, marketing and local government.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component, but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

You will be expected to supply your own stationery and you may want to purchase a textbook. You may also be asked to contribute to any courses and visits in which you take part.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: nicola.turner@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk