Subject Introduction

The study of Sociology is important so individuals have the opportunity to see society on a more wider scale.  It allows the chance for deeper analysis of the social environment, behaviours and interactions individuals may face in their daily lives. It is important our students are given the opportunities to discuss & reflect upon the different aspects of society around them. This will help shape them as well-rounded individuals, as well as helping them develop into young adults after they leave secondary school.

Key Stage 4 Information

In Year 9

We aim to: 

  • introduce basic concepts of how sociologists carry of research (research methods) 
  • allow students to explore the different sociological theories (Functionalism, Marxism, Feminism, Interactionism) 
  • give students opportunities to bring in examples from everyday life/ current issues in society to develop skills of confidence and open-mindedness through discussions  
  • encourage students to view and understand the complexity of the community/society/world around them through watching news on the TV or reading news articles. 
  • introduce students to two out of four key topics that will be studied: Family and Education 

We aim to:   

  • develop and further enhance students’ knowledge and understanding of theories and methods in context 
  • introduce students to the final two units: Crime and Deviance, and Social Stratification 
  • encourage depth and breadth from students when speaking and writing about sociological issues  
  • guide students through the criteria required to meet assessment objectives, so they are familiar with the demands at GCSE 

We aim to:  

  • strengthen exam techniques through revising different methods to suit individual students 
  • revise content throughout cumulative scheme of work and address any gaps in students’ knowledge 
  • prepare students for final GCSE examination with intervention designed for individual students. 

GCSE Sociology Curriculum Map