Sociology

Staff Quote

Department Manager

Paul Taylor


Teachers


Stuart Procter

"Whatever sociology may be, it is the result of constantly asking the question, what is the meaning of this?"

- C. Wright Mills (American sociologist, 1916-62).


Why study Sociology?

Sociology is the study of people in society. Sociology looks at how our identities and behaviour are shaped by society and by social groups such as our families, friends, schools and mass media. Sociology also tries to explain how and why society is changing, for example why divorce is much more common today than 40 years ago or why girls have overtaken boys in their performance in exams and entry to universities in the last 20 years. Studying sociology will give you a better understanding of the society you live in and the social influences shaping your life. Sociology encourages you to look at the social world in a critical way and to answer questions about the society based on evidence rather than just opinions. This will help you in any university course or career where you have to evaluate evidence and present complex ideas in spoken or written form. Sociology is a useful preparation for many careers working with people such as social work, health services, probation, police, journalism/media, education and business


Aims / Objectives

In Sociology we aim to:

  • Encourage young people to develop a critical understanding of their own society and changes taking place in the social world today.
  • Develop skills such as independent research, applying evidence to answer questions and the ability to critically evaluate different theories about society.
  • Enable all students to achieve at and above their target grades in Sociology.
  • Prepare students for success in exams through high quality teaching and a programme of supported self study, revision and exam practice.
  • Prepare students for further study in Sociology and related subjects whether that be A levels or university

Key Stage 4

Students can take GCSE Sociology as an option in year 10 and Year 11. There are two units both assessed by exams at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework.
Unit 1: Studying Society (including sociological research methods), Education and Families
Unit 2: Crime & Deviance, Mass Media, Power and Social Inequality

Students will study Unit 1 in Year 10 and Unit 2 in Year 11.

Key Stage 5

  • Post-16 students have the option of studying Sociology at AS or A Level.
  • AS Level is a one year course and can be taken in Year 12 or 13.
  • The full A Level course is a two year course and in the first year students cover the same material as the AS Level course completing the remainder of the specification in the second year.
  • AS Students will study 2 components and A2 students 3 components.
  • Assessment is by exams only, there is no coursework.
  • AS candidates will take two exams at the end of the year.
  • A2 candidates will take three exams at the end of two years.

Sociology Component 1

  • All students have to study socialisation, culture and identity.
  • In addition we will study 1 of 3 options: Families and relationships, Youth subcultures or Mass Media.
  • Sociology Component 2

    • All students will study research methods.
    • AS candidates will study 2 forms of social inequality: Social class and Gender.
    • A2 candidates will study 4 forms of social inequality: Social class, Gender, Ethnicity and Age.

    Sociology Component 3

    • All students will study Globalisation and the digital world
    • In addition we will study 1 of 3 options: Crime and Deviance, Education or Religion, Belief and Faith