Sociology is a 'living subject'; it is exciting, interesting and relevant to students' lives. It is the investigation of society and offers a real insight into everyday behaviour which makes us see our world in a new light and realise that things are not always what they seem. We look at topical issues, particularly; Education, Families, Religion and Crime. It is suited to students who have a keen interest in current affairs and who want to have a better understanding of the society in which they live.
In Sociology we learn a lot through discussion, sharing opinions and creating supported arguments. Lessons are active and students participate in a wide range of activities including; group work, presentations, written tasks, debates, simulations, practice exam questions and research.
Key Stage 4 GCSE
- Unit 1: Studying Society, Education, and Families (50% of overall grade)
- Unit 2: Crime and Deviance, and Social Inequality (50% of overall grade)
Students study GCSE Sociology throughout Year 10 and Year 11.
Both Unit 1 and Unit 2 exams are taken in May of Year 11.
Both exams are 1 hour 45minutes.
Key Stage 5 A-Level
This subject encourages students to think for themselves and develop rational arguments based upon empirical and theoretical evidence. As the course is assessed through examinations, essay writing is an integral feature of our studies. Sociology at AS Level and A-level aims to enable students to develop a clear, logical and analytical argument, a skill that is vital for future academic work.
Students study areas of Sociology which include Education, Families & Households, Crime & Deviance, Theory & Methods and Beliefs in Society. The A-level result is based on three written exams, which cover the course content of both Year 12 and Year 13.
- Paper 1: Education with Theory & Methods - 2 hour written exam, including short answer questions and extended writing. Worth 33.3% of the A-level
- Paper 2: Families & Households and Beliefs in Society - 2 hour written exam, extended writing. Worth 33.3% of the A-level
- Paper 3: Crime & Deviance with Theory & Methods - 2 hour written exam, including short answer questions and extended writing. Worth 33.3% of the A-level.
Sociology encourages students to question and think for themselves about Britain today.