Key Stage 5
What will I study? Throughout the course the focus will be on UK society today and where relevant, the siting of UK society within a globalised context.
In the first year you’ll consider the purpose of education and how factors such as gender, ethnicity, family income and teacher labelling can affect educational achievement. You’ll learn how sociologists conduct research, from interviews to reviewing documents and official statistics. You’ll also study families and learn about key changes to family structure and the experience of childhood.
In the second year you’ll broaden your understanding of society. You’ll learn about criminal and deviant behaviour, including factors that might lead a person to follow this path in life and how the media portrays them. You’ll expand on your knowledge of research methods and study beliefs in society and sociologists’ views on the purpose of religion.
All assessment is through external exams at the end of year 13. There is no coursework. There are 3 exams which last 2 hours each and worth 80 marks each. All questions are compulsory. Question styles include short answer and essay questions.
Resources to Support Learning
Free resources include the Napier Press website – a companion to our core text book – which includes workbooks to download, research activities, quizzes, links to relevant videos and websites.
There is a dedicated Google team drive for sociology which includes powerpoints, worksheets, exam papers and mark schemes.
This includes guest speakers and lessons dedicated to learning about career opportunities.
Mrs J. Copeland