Staff in the Sociology department are passionate about offering an engaging, contemporary curriculum which the students will enjoy and excel at. We aim to teach the subject in in a variety of ways and where possible include opportunities for learning outside the classroom, for example visits to conferences, exhibitions and museums. In return it is vital that students treat staff and fellow students with respect. This is particularly important due to the sensitive nature of the content of the subject. An interest in society and the inequalities which exist is important for the students to get the most out of their studies, as is a willingness to work hard outside of lessons.
- Specialist teaching classrooms
- A wide range of reading material
- Past issues of Sociology Review
- http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192 - AQA A Level Sociology Course Specification
- http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/specification-4190 - AQA GCSE Sociology Course Specification
- http://www.bsa.natcen.ac.uk/ - British Social Attitudes: Website showing lots of fascinating findings on what the British are thinking about a range of issues
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/news - BBC News: Up to date information on the social, political and cultural events of the UK
- https://www.ted.com/topics/sociology - Ted Talks: “Ideas worth spreading” – short talks on current Sociology topics
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qy05/episodes/downloads - Thinking Allowed Radio 4 Podcast: Series covering new research on how society works
- https://www.theguardian.com/society/social-trends - Guardian Social Trends: Journalism focusing on the changes and patterns in contemporary society
Board and Exam Details: AQA GCSE
Sociology is consistently popular subject at KS4. GCSE Sociology examines society and how it shapes our lives. Your social class, your ethnicity and gender may be important factors in determining what qualifications you gain, what job you get and how much money you earn. Sociologists examine issues that concern us all, they examine the social world and ask questions about why things are the way they are.
The subject content consists of:
· The sociological approach · Social structures, social processes and social issues · Families
· Social research methods
· Crime and deviance
· Social stratification
Students will complete 2 Units:
Unit 1: Studying Society; Education; Families
Unit 2: Crime and Deviance; Mass Media; Social Inequality
What skills students develop
Students will develop their understanding of how individuals are affected by groups, institutions and society. We will examine the nature of co-operation and conflict, why things stay the same and why society changes. We will expect students to reflect on their own experiences of the society in which they live and acquire knowledge and develop analytical skills. Sociology is a relevant subject which relates to everyday life, news and the world around us.
How students are assessed
Paper 1 – sociology of families and education
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of GCSE
Paper 2 – The sociology of crime and deviance and social stratification
Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
50% of GCSE
Students will receive homework twice a fortnight. This can last up to an hour. The aim of homework at GCSE is to develop confidence with the concepts and studies taught and discussed in lessons. Due to the considerable amount of new terminology involved in Sociology, students will be expected to keep up-to-date a key terms diary.
How parents can help
Sociology is by its very essence a contemporary subject. Many of the issues being discussed in class can be linked with what is occurring in the real world. Often parents have enjoyed discussions with their children on issues such as the unfair nature of bankers' bonuses or why it is that men still get paid more than women. If you can encourage your children to watch the news, documentaries and read a broadsheet or access the information online this will really help. You could also help test your child with some of the tricky Sociological concepts.
Revision sessions will take place in the lead up to the December trial exams and final summer GCSE exams.
Wide ranging trips and visiting speakers have included trips to Parliament, former students visit to discuss their Sociological research at University and even a visit by a member of the House of Lords!