Head of Department
Teacher of Psychology & Sociology
Sociology is a dynamic subject which uses theories like Marxism and feminism to question, challenge and explain what happens in society. It is an old subject, it began after the Industrial Revolution. However, in your lessons you will study contemporary British society, most of all. Sociology is an academic writing subject, there is a serious vocabulary requirement – you will learn a lot of new words! GCSE sociology is 100% exam assessed and we use the AQA exam board.
Key Stage 4
We have begun the new GCSE specification which is in-line with governmental changes to GCSEs. In short, this means that the spec is more challenging than its predecessor and it used the 9-1 grading system.
- Introduction to Sciology, the sociological approach.
- Research methods
- The sociology of educatio and using research methods to study education
- Revision and end of year assessment
- The sociology of crime and deviance and using research methods to study crime and deviance
- The sociology of social inequality and using research methods to study inequality
- Revision and end of year exams assessment
Unit 1 (Year 10)
- The sociology of the family- students engage with recent historical issues concerning the family, and investigate how sociologists use research methods to study education
- Education- examining the education system in Britain, and investigate how sociologists use research methods to study education
- Looking at contemporary issues facing both institutions
Unit 2 (Year 11)
- Crime and Deviance
- Social Inequality
- The application of research methods to studying topic.
Sociology lessons involve a lot of discussion and debate, though assessment is based 100% on written tasks in formal exams; there is no coursework.
Pupils develop analytical and evaluative essay writing skills, as well as the ability to interpret meaning from sources, such as official statistics.