In Sociology students develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues.  Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives.  Sociology is the study of human social relationships and institutions.

Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.  The purpose of Sociology is to understand how human actions both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures.

What will your child learn in our subject?

Key Stage 4

Sociology students study a diverse range of topics such as the sociology of families, education, crime & deviance, social stratification and underpinning all of this is sociological theory and research methods.  Students learn to develop a range of skills including interpretation of data, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.  Students are encouraged to develop an ability to question patterns and explanations for social changes taking place.  It is therefore essential that students possess an interest in current social affairs.  Students are taught in mixed ability classes.

Key Stage 5

Over the course of two years, students learn a variety of different sociological theories, which then form the foundation for the study of Families, Education, Beliefs in Society and Crime & Deviance. Students develop a clear understanding of the role of research in investigating society. Knowledge of different research methods such as interviews, questionnaires, statistics and observation is essential for the sociologist to master and this is supported by using examples of sociological research from within the field of the wider social sciences.

Communication between home and school is deemed to be of real value in the Sociology department, with parents regularly being informed of their child’s progress, not only through the school’s tracking and monitoring systems but also on a more informal basis of emails and phone calls home.  Displaying students’ work, particularly at Open evenings is important and acts as a useful tool for those considering studying the subject themselves.

Enrichment Opportunities

The department runs a number of trips, which often take the form of student conferences in London.  These offer insight into the work of sociologists within wider society, many of whom are renowned in their fields for their expertise.  

Students are encouraged to make use of the Reading lists, which are widely available in our school Learning Resource Centre.  This supports students in becoming active, independent learners. Students can also volunteer to be a part of our Mentoring scheme, in which year 13 students offer guidance and support to those starting out on their Sociological journey at the start of year 12.  This allows students to gain community support hours.

Feminist club – Students this year have formed a Feminist club this year, which allows students the opportunity to get together and discuss topical current affairs, whilst looking for ways to partake in action.  Students were successful this year in resourcing a number of contemporary books in our school library, which promote the idea of gender equality for students in the lower school.

What is special about us?

Sociology at Tring School is taught by dedicated and passionate staff, who have a thirst for the subject.  Students are well supported throughout their time in the department and student voice surveys  regularly highlight student enjoyment of the subject.