sociologySociology is the study of people and the way we live. Everyone is part of society; it has helped shape who you are and your experiences in life. We are part of the same society yet we each experience life differently. Why?

Social issues affect us all. High crime rates in inner cities, boys’ underachievement in school, effects of changes in family structures on children, racism, binge drinking, GCSE league tables….all of these are shown regularly in the news. Our personal experience and that of our friends and families affect our views and opinions on these topics and there are many conflicts of ideas.

Sociologists aim to research and understand the world a little better. They study social issues and structures and suggest policies to reduce the issues. Sociological research is challenging and controversial but can also be fascinating and rewarding. Sociology is current and relevant to our everyday lives; constantly changing as society evolves.

Sociology students are valued in a wide range of careers including: media research, law, police, journalism, teaching, social and welfare work, personnel work, business analysts, civil service and local government research and policy making, advertising, nursing, medicine and market research.

Teaching Staff
Mrs L Moss Teacher, Head of Humanities Faculty
KS3 Curriculum

Not offered at KS3

KS4 Qualifications

Sociology is exciting, interesting and relevant to students’ lives. Students develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding about society, and how sociologists study and understand its structures, processes and issues. Through the study of topics such as Education, Families, Mass Media and Crime, students are able to develop their critical evaluative skills.

The AQA GCSE Sociology course is a stimulating programme of study about exciting, relevant issues. You will study current news stories and the variations across the world. This course is perfect for students wanting to gain a greater understanding of the world around them and the variations in human behaviour.

The GCSE includes two units with some choice of questions in Unit 2. There is no controlled assessment.

Unit 1 – Studying Society; Education; Families

  • Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 90 marks – 50%
  • Three Compulsory topic areas

Unit 2 – Crime and Deviance; Mass Media; Power; Social Inequality

  • Written Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes
  • 90 marks – 50%

Candidates choose three topic areas from four options

KS5 Qualifications

Not currently offered at KS5

SMSC / Enrichment

Within Sociology there will be a number of opportunities for students to get involved in both the school and wider community. You will use your skills to research and investigate some of the social issues in and around Carterton and make comparisons with the wider society.

As the subject develops we hope to be able to offer out of school learning linked to the media and crime. There are also after school learning clinics and revision sessions in the lead up to exams.

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