Sociology is the study of how Society works, how individuals fit into it and explores our interaction with others. Sociology has been described as ‘scientific study of human group behaviour’ and ‘the application of scientific inquiry to the puzzles of social life’. In short, it helps us to understand human aspects of the world we live in.

We want to help students to gain a rounded view of our society – we will look objectively at societal issues, weighing up different viewpoints. We will look at how the different parts of Society fit together, as well as the causes and consequences of social change. Delivery will focus on Sociology being a thought-provoking subject that enhances our understanding of the world around us. There will be explicit curriculum links to, amongst others, Government & Politics, Media Studies, Psychology & History. We aim to develop the key skills required to do well at A Level, including essay writing, critical reflection and research. We want to ensure that this qualification is useful in a range of future pathways, highlighting that it relates to all aspects of society.

Lessons will involve plenty of discussion and students will be encouraged to develop their own thoughts and ideas. They will need to research using a range of sources, focussing on key theories, sociologists and contemporary issues. There will be plenty of opportunities to evaluate, criticise and debate issues, importantly, learning from other members of the group.

A Level Sociology

Year 12

Term 1

  • Culture, Socialisation and Identity
  • Media

Term 2

  • Identity
  • Media

Terms 3 & 4

  • Social Inequalities (Social Class; Gender; Ethnicity; Age)
  • Media

Term 5

  • Research Methods
  • Media

Term 6

  • Research Methods
  • Global & Digital World

Year 13

Term 1 & 2

  • Crime & Deviance
  • Global & Digital World

Term 3

  • Research Methods
  • Global & Digital World

Terms 4, 5 & 6

  • Revision