Academic Information

Sociology

Aims

  • To help students develop as individuals, members of and contributors to society
  • To deliver the skills and capabilities needed for adult life and work
  • To equip students to make informed choices
  • To develop the ability to think and interact in ways that take account of their own needs and also the well-being of others who may be affected by their actions
  • To develop critical thinking skills

Staff

Mrs L Hesbrook
Mrs J Summers

Key Stage 4

GCSE Sociology

Exam Board: AQA. 100 % External examination.

GCSE Sociology develops a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues. It is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives. It encourages students to take a critical approach to evidence and issues, thus developing their evaluative skills.

Unit 1 (studied in Year 11) focuses on three areas of the specification:

  • Studying Society
  • Families
  • Education

Unit 2 (studied in year 12) focuses on four areas:

  • Crime and Deviance
  • Mass Media
  • Power
  • Social Inequality

This subject particularly suits those students who enjoy literary subjects and have a flair for essay writing. It is 100% examination.

Skills Developed

  • Leadership skills
  • Independent learning skills
  • Research and evaluation
  • Communication - written and verbal
  • Presentation skills
  • ICT: Finding, developing, presenting and communicating information
  • Task and resource analysis
  • Independent enquiry
  • Reflective thinking
  • Creative thinking and problem-solving
  • Teamwork
  • Self-management
  • Time management
  • Discussion/debating

Careers

  • Court usher
  • Civil service
  • Assistant immigration officer
  • Education welfare officer
  • Human resources officer
  • Barrister
  • Teacher
  • Youth service
  • Politician
  • Social services
  • Social worker
  • Criminal justice system
  • Local and central government
  • Charity/community work
  • Journalism
  • Social research