Sociology


Subject Leader

Miss R Aylwin –  raylwin@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk 

Teaching Staff

Mr J Stuart – jstuart@oriel.w-sussex.sch.uk

Welcome to the world of Sociology

GCSE Sociology (AQA) curricular intent

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/gcse/sociology-8192

GCSE Sociology helps students to gain knowledge and understanding of key social structures, processes and issues through the study of families, education, crime and deviance and social stratification.

Students will develop their analytical, assimilation and communication skills by comparing and contrasting perspectives on a variety of social issues, constructing reasoned arguments, making substantiated judgements and drawing reasoned conclusions.

By studying sociology, students will develop transferable skills including how to:

  • Investigate facts and make deductions
  • Develop opinions and new ideas on social issues
  • Analyse and better understand the social world.

Year 10September - DecemberPaper 1 & 2You will be studying the basics of Sociology which includes how to conduct research and use of appropriate research methods. Debates around whether sociology is a science and the key thinkers within sociology and what perspective they belong to.
Jan - MarchPaper 1You will complete an examination of You will complete an examination of social factors which determine changing attitudes towards families, different sociological opinions on the function of the family, and ways that relationships within the family has changed in the last 50 years.
April – JulyYou will complete an examination of You will complete an examination of social factors which determine the achievement of students in school, differing sociological opinions on the role of the education system, and ways in which the education system has changed in the last 50 years.
JulyY10 PPE season based on content learnt during Y10
Year 11September - DecemberPaper 2You will complete an examination of You will complete an examination of social factors which determines why some people may commit crime, how criminal behaviour is dealt with in society and whether these methods are effective.
January - MarchYou will complete an examination of You will complete an examination of how inequalities ranging from class, gender and disability shape the opportunities we have in society.
April - JunePaper 1 & 2Students will engage in 8-12 Students will engage in structured revision and regular exam practice across the two examined papers.


A Level Sociology (AQA) curricular intent

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/sociology/as-and-a-level/sociology-7191-7192

This qualification offers an engaging and effective introduction to Sociology. Students will learn the fundamentals of the subject and develop skills valued by higher education and employers, including critical analysis, independent thinking and research.

Assessments continue to employ a variety of familiar question types, including short answer and extended writing/essays, which target:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Application
  • Analysis and evaluation

The specification appeals to a cross-section of students, regardless of whether they have studied the subject before. They build on skills developed in the sciences and humanities, and enable progression into a wide range of other subjects.


PaperWhat's AssessedAssessment
Paper 1: Education with Theory and MethodsEducation, Education with contexts & theory and methods2 hour written exam
80 marks
33.3% of A-level
Paper 2: Topics in SociologySection A: Families and Households
Section B: Beliefs in Society
2 hour written exam
80 marks
33.3% of A-level
Paper 3: Crime and Deviance with Theory and MethodsCrime & theory and methods2 hour written exam
80 marks
33.3% of A-level