Key Stage 3

Year 9 lessons are taught on a 5-week rotation offering guidance for pursuing the subject further at GCSE. The topic covered is discovering the social world through family diversity. Students work is assessed at the end of the rotation with a project that includes group presentations, independent research task and written essay examination question.

Key Stage 4

Qualification: AQA Sociology GCSE (8192)

Year 10 and Year 11 students will learn:

– The sociological approach

– Social structures, social processes and social issues

– Families

– Education

– Crime and deviance

– Social stratification

– Sociological research methods

Students will learn to develop their own opinions and express themselves clearly, see both sides of an argument and back them up with sociological theory and research; and come to a logical conclusion.

The course is assessed with two written papers – Paper 1: The Sociology of Families and Education and Paper 2: The Sociology of Crime and Deviance and Social Stratification. Both papers have duration of 1 hour 45 minutes, totalling 100 marks on each paper and each paper is worth 50% of overall GCSE grade.

For students to progress with this qualification at KEVI HWGA, they need to have a very good level of English, needed to express your opinions clearly in writing and see both sides of an argument.

Studying Sociology is good for progression into A level subjects – particularly Sociology and other Social Sciences, Humanities and English. Sociology helps development of critical thinking and the ability to analyse and evaluate when studying at further and higher education. Sociology is a respected GCSE and GCE which enables students to move into specialisms in social science subjects including Sociology, Psychology and Law and many others in the future, it closes no doors.

Key Stage 5

Qualification: AQA Sociology A Level (7192)

Year 12 and Year 13 students will learn:

Core Topics:

-Education, Research Methods and Sociological Theory; and Crime and Deviance

Option Topics:

-Families and Households and The Media.

The course is assessed with three written papers – Education with Theory and Methods, Topics in Sociology and Crime and Deviance with Theory and Methods. Each paper is a duration of 2 hours, a total of 80 marks with each worth 33.3% of the A-level.

You will learn about the impact of social groups including whole societies and international and global groups. Examples of areas you will consider include the relationship of the family to the social structure, domestic labour and power relationships, the nature of childhood, demographic trends, the role and purpose of education, differential educational achievement of social groups by social class, gender and ethnicity in contemporary society, relationships and processes in schools (with particular reference to teacher / pupil relationships, educational policies, application of sociological research to the study of education.

You will also find out about different theories of crime, deviance, social order and social control with analysis of the social distribution of crime by age, ethnicity, gender, locality and social class.  Crime control, prevention and punishment.

Students must study the following core themes to successfully direct them through the course: socialisation, culture, identity, social differentiation, power, globalisation and stratification. These themes are to be interpreted broadly as threads running through many areas of social life and should not therefore be regarded as discrete topics. In addition, students must understand the significance of conflict and consensus, social structure and social action and the role of values.

How students will learn?

Teacher-led classroom teaching including lectures and Power Point presentations, Individual tasks, group work, problem solving and research projects. Home study is set regularly to assess knowledge and understanding along with past exam questions and essay writing. Personal study through the internet, Firefly and independent learning is essential in preparation for university education or working life.

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