New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
01905 763933



Head of Department: Mrs Karen Holyoak


For most students, Sociology is a new subject. We therefore start the course by looking at the students own experiences within society and use these to discuss, in more depth, the nature of society. Students have many different experiences within the family, education, religion etc and these provide students with a wealth of sociological knowledge before they even start the course.

Sociology Collage

The challenges in meeting the needs of students with a visual impairment include:

  • Grasping chronology within the subject which is important for understanding the development of sociology
  • The need to understand and interpret graphs and tables
  • The need to read large amount of information to support the work in the classroom
  • Lack of the incidental learning which acquired through sight

Examples of Adaptations for Visually Impaired Students

A number of adjustments are made to our teaching to meet the needs of our students with a visual impairment:

  • Students will be involved in planning and conducting different sociological research tasks to help them grasp some of the more difficult methodological concepts involved in carrying out sociological research
  • Structured work on developing research skills using resource banks of large print, Braille and electronic materials
  • Use of tactile diagrams e.g. graphs and tables
  • Textbooks in large print, Braille and electronic versions are available


Exam courses from September 2020:

A Level:

AQA: Sociology

Sociology AS course content: Education, The Family and Research Methods

Sociology A2 course content: Crime and Deviance, Beliefs and Research Methods