Beccy Bownas 

    Head of Sociology

    Beccy joined Hurst in 2015, after four years teaching in an HMC school in the North East and a year prior to this as a lacrosse and netball coach at Caterham School. She gained a BSc in Geography from the University of East Anglia and a PGCE from the University of Buckingham. Beccy’s subject specialisms and interests include demographics, international development and natural hazards. Beccy, who set up the Sociology department in 2017 is also Head of GCSE Geography, works in the Eagle boys boarding house and coaches netball.


    Sociology is taught in the Sixth Form only and is an academic study of social behaviour. The first year of the A-level course introduces pupils to the key concepts and theories associated with our society and how and why society works in the way it does. 

    These concepts are supported with research methods and real life sociological studies and delves deeper into theories in an attempt to explain and reason these concepts, whilst gauging student interest and understanding. 

    We encourage students to keep up-to-date with current affairs and sociological issues affecting the world around them, and widen their reading on the topics we cover. The course is taught in a dynamic and interactive way to encourage debate, critique and sharing and justifying opinions.

    The topics that are covered in the first year include Sociological Theories, Research Methods, Crime and Deviance, Education, and in the second year, the pupils study Globalisation and Families and Households. 

    Beyond Hurst

    Sociology gives students an excellent grounding and solid understanding of the society and culture we live in. It hones in on a number of skills including but not limited to; analysis, interpretation, critical thinking, debate and discussion, all skills which serve pupils well into university and beyond. 

    At university, Sociology can be studied as a stand-alone subject, or can be increasingly combined with a number of other courses in Social Sciences e.g. Philosophy, Politics, Criminology, Social Anthropology etc.

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