Sociology Bridging Work

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“Despite having no prior experience of studying sociology before Year 12, it has quickly become my favourite subject and opened my eyes to what I want to do in the future. Learning about topics such as education has greatly impacted how I perceive society and opened my mind a lot more. Additionally, it is a very interesting subject that allows conversation and debate within the classroom. Looking back, I wish I had given myself the chance to explore the topics in more depth as we studied them.” – Sofia

“Sociology has really opened up my eyes about what is going on in the world around me, which I was oblivious to before. The content is extremely relevant to everyday life as well as relatable and interesting. I’ve really enjoyed this course as it has given me a chance to voice my opinion in class and have discussions with others who may have a different opinion to me on certain topics. Seeing from both sides really helps with essay writing as well. One thing I would have done differently is to learn the keywords more efficiently – use a technique that works well for you and stick to it.” – Jess

Please complete this bridging work booklet. You will also need to read this article on the role of education.

There are some excellent podcasts which introduce you to a variety of psychological topics including mental health, creativity, ethics, motivation and forensic psychology. Listen to them here; https://soccrim.clas.ufl.edu/resources/web-resources/sociology-and-criminology-podcasts/ 
There are also lots of very interesting books on themes such as mental illness, persuasion, habit, motivation and evil amongst others. See some suggestions here; https://www.goodreads.com/shelf/show/sociology
Finally, documentaries on BBC iPlayer and Netflix regarding crime, prisons, education, feminism and class are both fascinating and educational and many link really well to the A level course. Keep an eye out for them!

“One of my best decisions was choosing Sociology as one of my A Levels. I had never studied sociology before Dereham Sixth Form College but I am happy to say I haven’t looked back since! The Year 12 topics have proven to be extremely captivating: I particularly enjoyed learning about different perspectives within society and the influence they have on different matters. I have also found myself engrossed in the topic of education as it gives the opportunity for interesting discussions about your own experiences and the experiences of those around you. The best advice I could give to those starting Year 12 is to do your best to stick to deadlines. It will be extremely beneficial in the long run and make the workload much easier. Overall, I have found A Level Sociology to be an extremely rewarding and insightful subject which has made my Sixth Form experience very enjoyable.” – Hannah

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