Sociology

Sociology helps develop skills of knowledge and understanding and analysis and evaluation which are highly prized by employers and higher education institutions.
Sociology is about social myth-busting; Sociologists seek to uncover the uncommon ways of explaining how humans come together to generate and sustain that complex thing we call society.
Sociology teachers are totally committed to the success of their students and supporting the growth of their skills ready for the world of work, sixth form or university

KS4

In GCSE Sociology, we follow the AQA specification: year 10 (41901) and year 11 (41902).

The web link below details all that guides teachers’ planning and students’ learning:
http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/specification-4190/spec-at-a-glance

Year 10 learning is worth 50% of the GCSE:
Studying Society including Research Methods
Family
Education

Year 11 learning is worth 50% of the GCSE:
Crime and Deviance
Mass Media
Social Inequality

Students take both examinations at the end of year 11.
The examinations are a mixture of structured short and long answer questions with essay-writing carrying significant weighting.

KS5


In A level Sociology, we follow the AQA specification:  for year 12 and year 13 (7192).
This is a two year course with three examinations at the end of year 13.
There will be regular internal assessments throughout the two years building students’ skills and confidence.
The web link below details all that guides teachers’ planning and students’ learning:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192/specification-at-a-glance

Year 12 learning:
Education and Theory and Methods (Paper One, 2 hours, 1/3 of the A- level)
Families and Households (Paper Two, 2 hours, 1/3 of the ‘A’ level)

Year 13 learning:
Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods (Paper Three, 2 hours, 1/3 of the A-level)
The Media (Paper Two, 2 hours, 1/3 of the A- level)

Students take all three examinations at the end of year 13.
The examinations consist of some structured short and long answer questions with the largest component being extended essay writing for each topic covered.