Key Stage 4
Pupils are entered for AQA GCSE Sociology.
During year 10 they complete Unit 1 covering the following topics: Studying Society, Family and Education
In year 11 Unit 2 is taught looking at Mass Media, Crime and Deviance and finally a study of Social Inequality.
Both units are examined at the end of year 11.
Key Stage 5
Pupils are entered for AQA AS and A level examinations in Sociology. Pupils study The Sociology of the Family and the Sociology of Education with Methods in Context. Both Units are examined in the summer.
Sociology of the Family – Pupils study the functions of the family, demographic change, changing family patterns, family diversity and the family and social policy.
Education – Pupils study sociological theory and education, how class, gender and ethnic differences effect educational achievement and educational policy and inequality. The Methods in Context section is the application of sociological research methods to the study of education.
Year 13 students study the Sociology of Beliefs, which is examined in January. This unit focuses on religions and social change, the growth of secularisation, organisations and religious movements (cults and sects) and the concept of ideology and the scientific nature of Sociology.
Year 13 students study the Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Methods in Context throughout the year. This unit is examined in the summer. Pupils study a variety of Sociological theories and their relation to crime in our society. Pupils also study the effect of globalisation on crime, punishment and victims and the Sociology of Suicide. The Methods in Context section is the application of sociological research methods to the study of crime and deviance.