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Subject overview:   Sociology is the study of social behaviour or society, including its origins, development, organization, networks, and institutions. It is a social science that uses various methods of empirical investigation and critical analysis to develop a body of knowledge about social order, disorder, and change.For further information about Sociology, please visit The British Sociological Association website. 

What we cover each year: 

Years 10 & 11: GCSE Sociology

Sociology is an option choice at GCSE and we follow the OCR specification.  The course is taught over a two year period.  The following units are covered during this time:

Unit B671: Sociology Basics

  • Investigating society: Collecting and using information and evidence, Culture, Socialisation, Identity

Unit B672: Socialisation, Culture and Identity

  • Family: Family and identity, Traditional definitions of the family, Structural changes in the family, Changing family relationships
  • Crime and Deviance, Definitions of crime and deviance, Controlling crime and deviance, Patterns of crime, Explanations of crime
  • Youth: Defining youth, Control through peer-groups and gangs, Youth subculture, Gangs

Unit B673: Applying Sociological Research Techniques: Planning and applying research techniques, Collecting and using information and evidence, Concluding a sociological study, Evaluating the techniques used and the evidence collected

The GCSE course is assessed in the following way: One 1 hr written paper (60 marks) /One 1 hr 30 minutes written paper (120 marks) /One 1 hour exam based on pre-released research material (60 marks)

Years 12 & 13: A Level Sociology

At A Level we follow the AQA specification.  It is a two year course that assesses students at the end of that period.  The course involves the study of four main topics including:

  • Families and households
  • Education and Sociological Research Methods
  • Beliefs in Society
  • Crime and Deviance and Sociological Theories

Qualifications and pathways: The qualification would enable you to move on to further study and is very useful if you want to study AS/A-Level Sociology. The subject is an element in many courses of training for careers in law, teaching, business, the police, medicine, civil service and management.

Extracurricular/ enrichment activities:  A range of support sessions run throughout the year to help with homework, exam technique and revision.  We encourage our students to watch documentaries and ‘live’ debate shows to help develop their evaluative skills.  We offer visits in the local community for observation and survey work, up-to-date videos on current issues.