Sociology is the scientific study of society. It helps students to understand why society works in the way that it does and the extent to which our behaviour – and opportunities – can be shaped by our social class, age, gender and race. Sociology allows students to analyse the society in which we live and encourages young people to question the relationship between individuals and institutions. Through the study of Sociology, students are taught that there are no right or wrong answers when studying how people live together. They learn some of the methodologies used in social theory and thus develop their ability to analyse and evaluate evidence. Sociology is only offered in the Sixth Form at A Level. Along with the study of institutions and their functions, pupils also study research methods and their appropriateness for investigating different people and aspects within society.
Throughout the course, pupils will ponder questions such as ‘why people commit crime’, ‘whether there is an ideal family structure’ and try to determine ‘what the reasons are for differences in the performances of pupils from different backgrounds’. They will also examine the role and functions of institutions in our society through the perspective of Functionalism, Marxism & Feminism.
Grouping and Setting
Sociology is only taught at Key Stage 5. All groups are mixed ability.
Students complete an interim and landmark assessment every half term. Students are given feedback on their work based on both of these assessments and complete improvement prompts based on these, ensuring that they know how to improve their work.
The department facilitates a student-led Feminist Society which both applies and builds on content covered across the course. Pupils are also given the chance to conduct their own project as part of a competition that will allow them to better understand the research process.