Sociology

Sociology is part of the Personal Development Faculty which brings together a number of related  curriculum areas and enables a cohesive delivery of cross curricular areas.  Our aim is to develop the ‘whole child’ and our visionary approach enables us to develop pupil's  confidence and self‐esteem, as well as equipping them with the skills needed to live a full & happy  life, both in and beyond school.  

Introduction

GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures,  processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social  stratification.  By studying Sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:  

  •  investigate facts and make deductions
  • develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • analyse and better understand the social world.  

Course Content

Students will study and complete 7 units of work:

  • The sociological approach
  • Social structures, social processes and social issues
  • Families
  • Education
  • Crime and deviance
  • Social stratification
  • Sociological research methods

These units are assessed by two 1 hour 45 minute exams, each worth 50% at the end of the course.

Qualification

  •  GCSE Sociology – Single Award equivalent to one GCSE
Sociology KS4 Curriculum
Year 10 Sociology summer term scheme of learning
Year 10 Sociology summer homework
Year 10 Sociology Autumn term one scheme of learning
Year 10 Sociology Autumn term one Homework Menu
Year 11 Sociology Autumn term one scheme of learning
Year 11 Sociology Autumn term one Homework Menu

Course Requirements

Students should have a keen interest in the world around them and be prepared to consider different points of view.  They should be able to question and challenge information and use this to formulate their own evidence based opinions. 

Enrichment

Pupils studying GCSE Sociology will have the opportunity to experience a wide range of enrichment  activities.  There will be an opportunity to visit a local court during the Crime and Deviance unit, as  well as the opportunity to engage in debates surrounding key topical issues.    

Basic equipment

Pupils will need the basic school equipment stated in their organiser, as well as a USB stick.

Three ways you can help your child in the subject

  • Encourage them to watch the news, read newspapers and watch relevant documentaries  
  • Discuss with your child topical issues, encouraging them to consider alternative points of  view whenever possible
  • Ensure your child comes to school properly equipped and ready to learn