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Sociology

Students develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues.

Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to our students' lives. We follow the AQA specification at GCSE and A Level.  The specification encourages students to take a questioning approach to evidence and issues, thus developing their critical, evaluative skills.

The AQA specification has been developed to enable a smooth progression. Students who do the GCSE Sociology specification will be prepared when moving on to AS and A-Level Sociology

key stage 5

Studying sociology offers insights into social and cultural issues. It helps students to develop a multi-perspective and critical approach to understanding issues around culture, identity, crime, education, mass media, childhood and families.

The focus of the course is to:

  • provide an appropriate foundation for further study of sociology and related subjects in higher education, for example criminology.
  • provide a worthwhile course for students of various ages and from diverse backgrounds in terms of general education and lifelong learning.
  • prepare a solid foundation for students intending to pursue careers in the field of social sciences.

Exam Board: AQA

Year 1 Subject Content:

Education with Theory and Methods

  • Education
  • Methods in context
  • Research methods

Plus

  • Families and households

Year 2 Subject Content

Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • Crime and deviance
  • Methods in context
  • Theory and methods

Plus

  • Beliefs in society

Career Opportunities / Routes

Sociology prepares us for life in the 21st century as it develops the skills of investigation, analysis, evaluation and team work. It encourages us to look at the world around us. This course supports students to progress onto university to study sociology, but it also helps in accessing a number of different courses, including medicine and law. The career options available to students who study sociology are wide ranging, it is a great choice for people who want a career in social work, medicine, nursing, law and journalism. In addition, it is useful in a number of other careers such as marketing, advertising, politics, PR or teaching.

Assessment

Paper 1: Education with Theory and Methods

  • 33%

Paper 2: Topics in Sociology (families and households & Beliefs in society

  • 33%

Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods

  • 33%