Sociology is the study of society and our place within it. We explore topics and concepts that might appear everyday but are in fact complex and fascinating when you scratch the surface. Sociology develops a range of skills so that you can analyse, compare and evaluate different concepts and approaches.

Students make their GCSE choices in Year 8 and start the course in Year 9.  They have three lessons a week with one teacher. The final GCSE grade is made up of two written exams lasting 1 hour 45 minutes each; there is no coursework or controlled assessment module.  All exams are taken in the summer of Year 11.

Key Stage 4

KEY STAGE 4 CURRICULUM MAP

Exam board: AQA

Assessment method: 100% exam at the end of year 11.

Paper 1

50%

The sociology of families and education, with embedded social theory and methodology
  • Section A has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.
  • Section B has two multiple choice questions followed by a range of short and extended responses.
  • Each paper is out of 100

 

Paper 2

50%

The sociology of crime and social stratification, with embedded social theory and methodology

 

The following books are used within class:

 

Key Stage 5

Sociology A Level

Sixth Form AS & A2 Sociology covers a broad range of topics in society and gives students an excellent grounding in the research method skills and theoretical analysis needed to understand them. Students will also develop a broader understanding of social development through reference to contemporary events and historical processes, enabling them to place their learning in context. We believe in developing our students’ capacity for original thought, critical thinking and written eloquence. Our lessons are challenging: not just through the skills required but also in their content. We do not shy away from controversial issues, but instead consider them in a mature and dedicated fashion from a range of perspectives. In the modern, fast-paced world, sociology is a vital tool for understanding our current society, how it developed and where it is going in the future.

To take A Level Sociology, students need at least a grade 6 in English. They will have five lessons of Sociology split between two teachers. The A Level grade is made up of three 2 hour written exams taken in June of Year 13.

Exam board: AQA

Assessment method: 100% exam at the end of year 13.

Paper 1

33%

Education with Theory and Methods
Paper 2

33%

Topics in Sociology: Families and Households and Beliefs within Society.
Paper 3

33%

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

 Books used within the course: